Lax Security? Really?

June 20, 2016

I sent the following letter to four local LGBT newspapers here in San Francisco a.k.a. “Gay Mecca”. It is in response to an article in the Bay Area Reporter, entitled “Vigils Mark Orlando Rampage,” in which S.F. Pride attorneys stated there would be no screening for handguns at this year’s event.

June 20, 2016

Dear [gay media]:

I am astounded and dismayed that SF Pride lawyers have no intent to fully secure our march from potential violence, since the Pulse Nightclub tragedy. That week-long football extravaganza at the Embarcadero in January was armed to the teeth with guards and check-in points. Are we LGBT’s less valuable to them, than a highly commercialized event? (Wait a minute, isn’t S.F. Pride also a highly commercialized event?) Makes me wonder: is Saudi money filling the coffers of local government?

Don’t even get me started about that woman dressed in a hijab who spoke at the Castro’s own Orlando rally of grief. Sexual minorities are not the ones who need to learn tolerance! A hijab for crissake: the penultimate symbol of Muslim oppression of women who are treated like camel dung by their own husbands. I sincerely doubt that her own mosque is in favor of gay marriage or any other form of queer equality. (By the way, is there any mosque in the S.F. Bay Area that is LGBT friendly? Do tell.)

All this talk by our LGBT leaders about love conquering all, reminds me of Neville Chamberlain’s many appeasements towards Adolf Hitler. This is not love, this is spinelessness, and a sellout by those who claim to represent our diverse and long-suffering community. Aren’t those zealous Christians bad enough?

Most exasperatingly,

Zeke Krahlin

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