June is Gay Pride Month, which was started to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York City. It has become a time to protest discrimination and violence against gays and acknowledge diversity and the importance of civil rights for all.
But Gay Pride Month hasn’t been acknowledged by the office of the president since Bush took office. And on Monday, Bush is expected to endorse the proposed gay-bashing Marriage Protection Amendment with some of his most bigoted conservative religious supporters.
Check out this quote and link to Pink video from Americablog:
This is really pissing me off…so it’s a good time to listen one more time to Pink’s song, Dear Mr. President with the timely lyrics, “what kind of father might hate his own daughter if she were gay…”
To paraphrase Pink, what kind of President would hate his own citizens cause they are gay?
And from HRC:
- Discrimination has no place in the U.S. Constitution. The Federal Marriage Amendment would undermine the Constitution, which in more than 200 years has never once been amended to deny rights to a group of Americans.
- Instead of addressing a health care crisis, the costly war in Iraq and soaring gas prices, President Bush and the leadership in Congress are putting politics ahead of real progress by debating this divisive amendment.
- Many legal experts agree this amendment also would close the door on civil unions even though 60 percent of Americans support ensuring all families can protect each other in times of crisis.
- Leading conservatives agree that this amendment goes against the values we stand for as a country, including former Senator and Rev. John Danforth, George Will, William Safire and Bob Barr.
- The last thing the American people want is Congress reaching into a family’s private life, just like Terri Schiavo.
With that in mind, we’ll be going to the Austin Pride Parade this evening…
This will be Austin’s fifth annual Pride Parade, hosted by the Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, it kicks off this Saturday evening and serves as the cornerstone for a bunch of events happening all week. Last year’s parade drew about 40,000 spectators and 1,300 participants, with this year’s roster looking much the same. The parade route starts and ends on South Congress just north of riverside, making its way north to 4th Street before lopping over to San Antonio and cutting back on 5th Street.
Update: Pictures posted here.