Modesto approved a public event application and parade route for a Straight Pride Parade, whose organizers plan to protest what they view as "(Americans being) destroyed by the inherent malevolency/evil of the Homosexual/Sodomy Movement".
It is scheduled for Aug. 24th from 12pm to 4pm, ending at Graceada Park.
The flyer with a pink border states, “Join us to celebrate heterosexuality, masculinity, femininity, babies – born and unborn – western civilization, our wonderful country, Christianity — Celebrate Life!”
The man behind the effort is Modesto Chiropractor, Don Grundmann of the National Straight Pride Coalition. He has also run, unsuccessfully, for senate.
The event was raising funds via Go Fund Me, when we reached out for comment, the campaign was pulled and the following statmenet was issued:
"The campaign was removed as it violated our terms of service.
When reached for comment, the parks department at the City of Modesto would only comment "The event has been issued valid permits". We've reached out for further comments from the city and parks department leadership, no reply was received at time of publication. Article will be updated if a reply is received.
What can you do?!
1. Write/Email/Call the Modesto City Council Members: Mayor Ted Brandvold, Mani Grewal, District 1, Tony Madrigal, District 2, Kristi Ah You, District 3, Bill Zoslocki, District 4, Jenny Kenoyer, District 5, Douglas Ridenour, District 6
2. Attend a city council meeting
The 1st, 2nd, and 4th Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m.
1010 10th Street, Lower Level, Modesto, CA 95354
3. Attend the event and provide an alternative viewpoint, be a safe and supportive person to the children who may be brought against their will.