By Susan Payne
Huntington Beach garnered disapproval from Governor Gavin Newsom on its recent decision to ban the flying of the Pride flag on city property.
In a response to a question from the Los Angeles Blade at a March 9 press conference, Newsom said, “What a disgrace to take down the Pride flag,” calling the actions of the city council “jaw dropping,” and said, “whether it is legal or not it’s wrong and it’s shameful — these attacks, these assaults on the LGBTQ community.”
Newsom then stressed, according to the Blade, that (Californians) “we have an obligation to call out the city council, call out that action — disgraceful, insulting, we are better than that. This state stands firmly behind the LGBTQ community and will continue to fight against homophobia and this kind of discrimination and just rank, rank, performative politics.”
On a March 9 radio show on The Daily Wire, a far-right extremist media out, Matt Walsh, an anti-LGBTQ+ host, told his audience that the LGBTQ+ Pride flag is a hate symbol.
“We should treat it as a hate symbol because that’s what it is. They fly the flag, that flag, because they hate you and your values and what you believe and everything you stand for,” Walsh said.
Matt Walsh, the host said, according to the show’s transcript:
“Let’s just put this plainly. The Pride flag does not deserve our respect.
In fact, it deserves our disrespect. It deserves our contempt and mockery. It is not the flag of gay people. Okay? That’s not what it is. Gay people in America, they already have a flag. It’s called the American flag. It’s the flag we all share or are supposed to share.
The Pride flag, which was invented by a far-left activist drag queen, represents not a person or a people or a community, but an agenda, a political and cultural agenda. It always has. It has from the very beginning. It still does now. And today, nearly all of the most depraved and perverse attacks on children, on tradition, on decency, on common sense are waged under this banner. That’s what it signifies. Okay?
The gay pride flag signifies drag queens dancing for toddlers, males invading women’s bathrooms. It signifies castration drugs given to children. It signifies the destruction of the nuclear family. When government officials send that thing up the flagpole or paint its ridiculous colors in the street, that is what they’re promoting. It’s what they’re advertising. It is the cause they want us to salute.
Not only should we should we refuse to salute it, but we should treat it with disdain. We should treat it as a hate symbol because that’s what it is. They fly the flag, that flag, because they hate you and your values and what you believe and everything you stand for.
And so we should respond in kind to this symbol. In other words, we should give the Pride flag all of the respect that the left shows the American flag. Let’s just put it that way.”