Saturday, July 13, 2019

Comment: “A gay politician pushed for pride events in a Maryland suburb — and was targeted by hate”

Excerpt: “This year, for the first time, Maryland’s most populous jurisdiction formally recognized June as Pride Month — an effort spearheaded by Evan Glass, the first openly gay member of the Montgomery County Council....Behind the scenes, however, the at-large Democrat was battling a deluge of hate-filled messages.”


“It began in May....The outpouring intensified when the county government lowered a POW-MIA flag...and raised a rainbow-colored pride flag in its place....he...(Glass) did not make the decision to replace the flag that honors prisoners of war and troops missing in action.”


“Barry Hudson, a spokesman for County Executive Marc Elrich (D), said the government intended to fly both the POW/MIA flag and the rainbow flag on the center flagpole, but it could accommodate only one flag. After an outcry, Elrich’s staff lowered the county flag, which flew on a separate pole, to make room for the rainbow flag, returning the POW/MIA flag to its original position.”


Link: https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/md-politics/gay-politician-pushed-for-pride-events-in-a-maryland-suburb--and-was-targeted-by-hate/2019/07/08/bbfda4d8-9def-11e9-b27f-ed2942f73d70_story.html


My comment (first posted on LinkedIn to Glass’s post):


There should never be a time when the POW/MIA flag is removed because there “isn’t enough room” for two celebrations. This creates a false narrative that the County does not care for all its residents equally. 


Yet another example of how poor planning and miscommunication creates anger and hate. 


That said, I am grateful for the integrity and bravery you displayed here. 


The older I get the more I learn. One thing I am becoming more sensitive to is that people who identify as heterosexual generally have no idea what the LGBTQ (sorry if I missed a category, I mean to be inclusive) community goes through, and this flood of hate is just a small sample. Maybe some of it had to do with the flag. I am betting that much of it did not.


As adults in a free country people have the right to their choices and their privacy, and to be supported for who they are, not who someone else wants them to be. We should not be force-fed in the most sacred of all spaces, your physical and emotional and spiritual sense of who you are.


Respect should never be politicized. I pray to God that we as a Nation can learn to see beyond our differences of opinion and unite again as a nation under the law and under simple human decency to one another.

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By Dr. Dannielle Blumenthal. All opinions are the author’s own. Public domain.