SURFSIDE< FL (VINnews/Sandy Eller) - A request for Surfside to host a gay pride parade in conjunction with LGBT Pride Month was opposed by Mayor Shlomo Danzinger, who cited the importance of inclusivity at all town events. The idea of a town-hosted “Pride Parade” was raised by resident Brian Bey during the public comment period of a March 14th Surfside Commission hearing. Bey had asked for a parade that would include dignitaries, politicians and a police car bearing the LGBT rainbow flag, one day after unsuccessfully posing the same request at a Surfside Tourist Board meeting. Bey’s partner, Joel Timey, made a similar appeal in February, asking that the town sponsor a commemorative event to mark the its decision last year to fly the rainbow flag during LGBT Pride Month. “True equality means not singling out one group over another, but ensuring that everyone feels equally valued and appreciated,” Danzinger told VIN News. “In Surfside, we do not classify people based on their ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation. Instead, our goal is to create an environment where everyone feels welcomed and included, regardless of who they are. We achieve this by offering inclusive programming that caters to all.” Surfside has sponsored celebrations of music genres through its Third Thursdays program but does not run holiday events. Instead, the town as hosted a fall Spooktacular in lieu of a Halloween celebration and Winter Wonderland instead of Chanukah or Christmas galas, with a non-denominational egg hunt held to commemorate spring, not Easter. Similarly, requests to fly the Israel Defense Forces flag to honor its members’ efforts in the aftermath of the Champlain Towers collapse, the NRA flag, the Betsy Ross flag, the Cuban resistance flag, the National Rifle Association flag, the Ukrainian flag and the Gay Senatic Church of Mars flag have all been denied in order to make everyone feel at home in Surfside, said the mayor. While the town commission did approve a request last summer to fly the rainbow flag during Pride Month, Danzinger was one of two commission members who opposed the move, reasoning that absent a comprehensive town policy on flags, choosing one organizational flag over others could expose Surfside to legal action or require it to display flags representing organizations with prejudice towards individuals or groups. Reiterating his beliefs to Bey at the commission hearing, Danzinger explained that taxpayer money should not be spent on a non-inclusive event. “Surfside is a charming town that is a melting pot of diverse cultures that add to its richness and uniqueness,” noted Danzinger. “The beauty of this diversity lies in its inclusivity, which fosters acceptance and respect for every individual, regardless of race, gender or sexual orientation. At the heart of it all, we are all human beings, neighbors and friends and it is our duty to treat each other with kindness and without prejudice.”
Voice of sanity
Yes just like straight people don’t have flags nor symbols, gays should be the same way. You want to be gay thats your business. Noone is discriminating and you can dnace in my parade despite the averious you do in the bedroom. But why do you need a flag and pride? Should we also create a flag and pride for those who suffer with an addiction and commit infedilty? That’s his business.
G_Dvbless him. No gay parades
Kudos to the Mayor.
Those who that Torah calls degenerates are constantly seeking to inform everyone about their disgusting lifestyle.
No one cares what you Menivollim do in your bedroom.
“Non-denominational egg hunt “
The mayor is being set up by the alphabet mafia. He’s being cornered into secularism and thereby diminishing any religious or traditional celebration to bow at the altar of inclusivity, .. he won’t be able to justify a public Menorah lighting , or even a 4th of July Independence Day parade and celebration. – thereby giving the alphabets a win.
Remember the cake makers in Colorado, they were forced to shut down , same M.O. here
This Chabad guy has saichel.
Git gezukt. Tsvie fraskes far dam menuval
He will lose the lawsuit in this. NYC refused a permit for a St. Patrick’s Day parade because it would NOT allow gay marchers and lost. First Amendment applies both ways.
Hosting Pride does not mean you’re identifying with the gay community. It means that you support anti-discrimination.