California vice mayor writes column calling for ‘Straight Pride American Month’

California vice mayor writes column calling for ‘Straight Pride American Month’
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A vice mayor in Northern California has sparked backlash for a column in which he called for a Straight Pride American Month (SPAM). 

The Mercury News reported on Monday that Dixon Vice Mayor Ted Hickman penned a column in the Independent Voice calling LGBT pride month a "show" that is put on to help people with their "inferior complex." 


“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,” Hickman wrote. “We do it with our parades in every state and county in this country with families celebrating together.

“We honor our country and our veterans who have made all of this possible (including for the tinker bells) and we can do it with actual real pride, not some put on show just to help our inferior complex ‘show we are different’ type of crap.”

His column came as LGBT pride month ended on July 1. 

Hickman adds that "We ARE different from them … 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 faries (sic) and prancing by the thousands in a parade." 

The Mercury News notes that Hickman's column, which he's been writing for 10 years, has led to widespread outrage among his constituents. Over the weekend, a Recall Ted Hickman Facebook page had been created. 

“We believe bigotry has no place in public office in the State of California. We will see you soon, and many times, Hickman. We look forward to filing the petition for your recall,” a post on the page wrote. 

Hickman told The Reporter News over the weekend that if people don't like what he writes, they shouldn't read it. He also said a recall isn't likely, but that he is up for reelection in November. 

Dixon Mayor Thom Bogue issued a statement regarding Hickman's column, writing "while I do not approve of such an article — in my belief we are all American U.S. citizens where sexual [preference] shouldn’t play a role — I do believe in a person’s freedom of speech even when I don’t like what they are saying.”