(AP) A Northern California city has denied a request to hold a so-called Straight Pride rally at a park.
Modesto city officials denied an application Aug. 9 by the National Straight Pride Coalition for an Aug. 24 event at Graceada Park.
Organizer Don Grundmann had estimated 500 people would attend. The group says it supports heterosexuality, Christianity and white contributions to Western civilization.
Opponents argued the rally would promote hatred of LGBTQ people and minorities.
Grundmann went viral last week when — during a city council meeting — he said “We’re a totally peaceful racist group.”
City spokesman Thomas Reeves says the permit request was denied over safety concerns, because the group lost its liability insurance and the parks department determined the event wasn’t consistent with park use.
However, Reeves says the city would allow the rally at a downtown plaza if the group proves it has insurance by Aug. 13.