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Sacramento PRIDE Reverses Decision, Will Now ALLOW LGBT Police To March In Uniform

Sacramento PRIDE Reverses Decision, Will Now ALLOW LGBT Police To March In Uniform

Following immense push-back from the greater LGBT community uniformed police officers will again be allowed to participate in Sacramento PRIDE events this weekend, and a new set of police department policies will be enacted to build trust with the LGBT community.

The announcement made Thursday by the Sacramento Police Department and Sacramento LGBT Community Center, reversed a decision the center announced last week that uniformed officers would not be allowed to participate in order to “protect” transgender people and QPOC who “experience fear and anxiety provoked by the uniform.”

After an immense outcry from the greater LGBT community that exclusion is not an LGBT value and further negotiations with SPD, the police department agreed to create an LGBTQ liaison in its outreach unit, and create a standing “LGBT Community Advisory Committee” to recommend policies to better serve the LGBT community and “remove all barriers” for the community to interact with law enforcement. The SPD will also co-create a new training program that “elevates the voices of the “marginalized” trans and QPOC communities and discusses the role of implicit bias,” the release said.

Meanwhile the roughly 16 lower staff members with the Sacramento LGBT Community Center released a statement Thursday night saying they have taken a no-confidence vote against their Board of Directors following the decision to allow officers in uniform to attend PRIDE events and are demanding the immediate resignation of Carlos Marquez, the board’s president, and any board members who agreed to allow officers to march in their uniforms.

We wholeheartedly disagree with the decision that this concession to the police force is a powerful symbolic and visual cue that prioritizes those with the most power and influence over our most marginalized community members whether they are transgender, nonbinary, Black, Brown and other POC folks, intersex, undocumented, disabled, unhoused, sex workers and others in the community that are often ignored, misgendered, abused and murdered by folks in SacPD and other law enforcement uniforms.

There is no word on what the “collective action” will be.

Sacramento PRIDE will take place June 8-9 at Capitol Mall.

Gay History - March 31, 1998 Coretta Scott King: “Homophobia Is Like Racism and Anti-Semitism”

Gay History – March 31, 1998 Coretta Scott King: “Homophobia Is Like Racism and Anti-Semitism”

For many years now, I have been an outspoken supporter of civil and human rights for gay and lesbian people. … I still hear people say that I should not be talking about the rights of lesbian and gay people, and I should stick to the issue of racial justice. But I hasten to remind them that Martin Luther King Jr. said ‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.’ I appeal to everyone who believes in Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream to make room at the table of brother- and sisterhood for lesbian and gay people.

Homophobia is like racism and anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry in that it seeks to dehumanize a large group of people, to deny their humanity, their dignity and personhood. This sets the stage for further repression and violence, that spreads all too easily to victimize the next minority group.

Gays and lesbians stood up for civil rights in Montgomery, Selma, in Albany, Georgia, and St. Augustine, Florida, and many other campaigns of the civil rights movement. Many of these courageous men and women were fighting for my freedom at a time when they could find few voices for their own, and I salute their contributions. – Coretta Scott King widow of civil rights icon the Rev. Dr, Martin Luther King, Jr. at Lambda Legals’s 25th. Anniversary

PETITION: Make KY Clerk Kim Davis Pay For The Pain & Suffering Her Bigotry Has Caused

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Barring any action from the US Supreme Court acts on her stay, Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis must begin issuing marriage licenses to all qualified couples by the end of today’s business day.

Weather she will or won’t nobody knows.

What we do know that many gay and lesbian couples were harmed by her bigotry and now many ordinary citizens are demanding that Davis be held personally liable for the legal costs associated with her battle against same-sex marriage especially now that Davis’ latest bid in her doomed case is to take it to the Supreme Court.

A Change.org petition to Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, has been started demanding that county clerk Kim Davis be held personally liable for the legal costs associated with her battle against same-sex marriage.

From the petition:

Kim Davis is the Rowan county, KY court clerk who continues to defy the law by refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples based on her “Christian faith”. She has been ordered to perform the duties of her elected position and issue the licenses by not only the Governor, but also District Judge David Bunning. Yet, she continues to defy the law. On August 26th, the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling, denying her appeal and telling her to do her job. Regardless, she continues to defy the courts, and now wants to take her case to the U.S. Supreme Court. Someone, most likely the taxpayers of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, will have to pay her legal fees. It’s time to stand up and say no, we refuse to pay her legal fees. She should have to pay EVERY penny of her own legal bills. It’s time to stand up and send her a message. Tell Governor Beshear, the KY House of Representatives, and the KY Senate, that WE refuse to pay her bill!

While both Kim Davis and the Liberty Counsel WANT her to be fined or jailed so that will be the icing on their martyrdom cake. But I say so what!  They will find something, ANYTHING to use for martyrdom one way or another. They have done so before and will do do again.

Kim Davis must be made an example of as to stop this kind of behavior dead in its tracks.

So I say sign the petition and lets teach everyone very important lesson. That bigotry and hate will not be allowed to hide behind “religion” any longer.

*** You do not need to be a resident of Kentucky to sign this petition.