Saturday, May 24, 2008

The Rainbow is not Shining in Alabama

According to Sweet Homo Alabama:

"Birmingham, Ala. Mayor Larry Langford has denied a request by the board of Central Alabama Pride to issue a city wide proclamation marking the city’s annual gay pride celebration.
Organizers of the event sent an Email to the mayor’s office requesting the proclamation and received a reply on Wednesday. The response from the mayor is as follows:

“I have received your request for a proclamation celebrating Gay Pride Week. While I do not personally ascribe to any form of discrimination, I believe it is not the role of local governments to condone, endorse or support the personal lifestyle choices of its citizens.”

The proclamation has usually been issued by the mayor’s office each year to be printed in the guide handed out to pride participants."

Feel free to call or mail the mayor with your thoughts on his refusal to issue a proclamation, allow banners on city property, or grant the parade permit...

Birmingham City Hall
710 20th Street North
Birmingham, Alabama 35203-2216

Phone: 205-254-2277 FAX: 205-254-2926

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