Mississippi Town Banning Pride Parade Sparks Controversy
Oh interesting, a town in Mississippi is playing out the plot of Footloose. While much of the country continues to become increasingly accepting of LGBTQ culture despite the sentiment of our overlord, one town in Mississippi is throwing things back to the Dark Ages by attempting to block a Gay Pride parade. The news is especially tragic considering the town, Starkville, is home to Mississippi State University and has previously been a relative beacon of liberation in contrast to the ant-gay laws plaguing the state as a whole. Parade organizer Bailey McDaniel stated:
I was trying to plan a Pride parade before I left so a community that I had been a part of for four years could have a celebration.
And while the town's mayor as well as a number of aldermen agree with McDaniel, the parade ran into a literal roadblock when a group of not-so-accepting aldermen voted in the majority, 4-3, to deny McDaniel a permit. One of these gems, Alderman Ben Carver, clarified his decision to vote against the Pride parade:
I was elected to represent the constituents and the majority of the constituents from my ward have been supportive of this.
Wow thank you so much Ben. You're doing wonders for the public's perception of your state. Thankfully the parade organizers were able to get in contact with gay rights lawyer Roberta Kaplan, who plans to go all in on the aldermen in court because of this little legal caveat she has in her arsenal called freedom of speech:
We absolutely intend to sue. We think that grounds are extremely strong. We intend to do so extremely promptly.
The fact that a town still exists that is nothing but ecstatic to portray an inclusive image by supporting a Pride parade is just a reminder that there is still work to be done. Thank goodness for people like McDaniel who are willing to take a stand, and shame on these aldermen. It's like Rev. Shaw Moore from Footloose is back with:
These dances and this kind of music can be destructive, and, uh, Ren, I'm afraid you're going to find most of the people in our community are gonna agree with me on this.
To which I say, go back to the 80's where you belong. This is 2018. Gus Kenworthy kissed his boyfriend on national television, the mastermind behind Obama's presidential portrait, painter Kehinde Wiley, is openly gay, and RuPaul is now the winner of two Primetime Emmy Awards. Be gay, or be gone.