For the very first time in the 40 year history of the ” Pink Brick Award: the recipient is an “Out” gay person.
This faux award is an opportunity to highlight an individual or organization that has done significant harm to the LGBT community. It is also an opportunity to educate the public about the Pink Brick recipient and relevant issues of concern in the LGBT equality movement.
For 2010, the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee awards California State Senator (R-Bakersfield) Roy Ashburn (applause, applause, applause)
Senator Ashburn has served in the California state legislature since 1996 and has an extensive voting history of opposing LGBT rights, including his overwhelming support of proposition 8, which denied equal rights to LGBT citizens.
Last March, Senator Ashburn was arrested for drunk driving after left Faces, a popular gay bar in Sacramento with another man in a state issued car. Since his arrest, he has admitted he is gay and claims his voting record reflect his constituent views. He said he would continue voting on behalf of what he sees as the majority viewpoint in his district,even if that means voting against LGBT civil rights.
SF Pride’s executive director Amy Andre’ ” By selecting Senator Ashburn, the LGBT community is sending a strong message to the world that LGBT people-especially those with the political power and privilege to further LGBT rights have a responsibility toward liberation for all”
Other Pink Award recipients include: Miss California contestant Carrie Prejean for her efforts against marriage equality. Fox TV’s Bill O’Reilly for his sensationalist reporting on the LGBT community. Former President George W . Bush for his support of an amendment to he U.S. Constitution that would define marriage strictly between a man and a woman. California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger of his veto of the bill that would allowed same-sex marriage in the state.