Dixon California’s vice mayor, Ted Hickman caused a stir when he called for a Straight American Pride month in a local column that has gotten nationwide attention.
In the column, which ran on June 29, he called gay men “fairies” and “tinker bells.”
“Now hundreds of millions of the rest of us can celebrate our month, peaking on July 4th, as healthy, heterosexual, fairly monogamous, keep our kinky stuff to ourselves, Americans,” he wrote in the community paper.
“Don’t get me wrong,” he cautioned in his column. “I support the First Amendment, as much as the next person, and support the rights of grown men to wear skin-tight short-shorts and go-go boots and don tinker bell wings with wands and prance down the streets of San Francisco.”
He then went on to tell why he thought there needed to be a straight pride month.
“We are different from them….” he wrote. “We work, have families (and babies we make) enjoy and love the company (and marriage) of the opposite sex and don’t flaunt our differences dressing up like fairies (sic) and prancing by the thousands in a parade in nearby San Francisco to be televised all over the world.”
His words, which quickly went viral, caused widespread outrage and solicited over 200 LGBTQ supporters to converge on Dixon’s city hall and demand Hickman’s resignation.
Will Eukel was among the protesters and told one paper that he drove almost 50 miles to join in with the protest.
“Making fun of them in this manner basically is like attacking them and I don’t like it when my friends are attacked, especially by a person in a position of power.”
Hickman spoke to the crowd before the public comment session began.
“I didn’t give up my First Amendment rights when I became a public official,” he said, but also added, “If I could rewind time and write the column again I would not use the words sarcastically of vice mayor because I see it might not be acceptable to some.”
“I do think for sure the rules committee needs to be convened,” said Dixon City Councilman Devin Minnema, according to CBS Sacramento.
“We have three options that are available to us- admonishment, reprimand, and censure,” Minnema added.
However, the efforts to recall Hickman have stalled because it’s legally too close to an election. However, Hickman also plans to run for re-election in November, and many of his constituents don’t plan to support him any longer.
“We have tolerated your bad behavior and bad words too long,’ said Chelsea Baer, a commissioner on the Parks and Recreation Commission. ‘Dixon is fed up. Listen to those people out there and look at all these people there. … We will vote Nov. 6 and you will see what will happen and you will not win.”
H/T: Daily Mail