And the Pink Brick Goes to……………….


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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.

Published by CityFella

Big city fella, Born and Raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. Lived in New York (a part time New Yorker) for three years . I have lived in the Sacramento area since 1993. When I first moved here, I hated it. Initially found the city too conservative for my tastes. A great place to raise children however too few options for adults . The city has grown up, there is much to do here. The city suffers from low self esteem in my opinion, locals have few positive words to say about their hometown. visitors and transplants are amazed at what they find here. From, the grand old homes in Alkali Flats, and the huge trees in midtown, there are many surprises in Sacramento. Theater is alive is this area . And finally ,there is a nightlife... In.downtown midtown, for the young and not so young. My Criticism is with local government. There is a shortage of visionaries in city hall. Sacramento has long relied on the state, feds and real estate for revenue. Like many cities in America,Downtown Sacramento was the hub of activity in the area. as the population moved to the suburbs and retail followed. The city has spent millions to revive downtown. Today less than ten thousand people live downtown. No one at city hall could connect the dots. Population-Retail. Business says Sacramento is challenging and many corporations have chosen to set up operations outside the cities limits. There is vision in the burbs. Sacramento has bones, there are many good pieces here, leaders seem unable or unwilling to put those pieces together into. Rant aside, I love it here. From the trees to the rivers. But its the people here that move me. Sacramento is one of the most integrated cities in America. I find I'm welcome everywhere. The spices work in this city of nearly 500,000 and for the most part these spices blend well together. From Ukrainians to Hispanics and a sizable gay community, all the spices seem to work well here. I frequently travel and occasionally I will venture into a city with huge racial borders, where its unsafe to visit after certain hours. I haven't found it here. I cant imagine living in a community where there is one hue or one spice. I love the big trees, Temple Coffee House, the Alhambra Safeway, Zelda's Pizza, Bicyclist in Midtown, The Mother Lode Saloon, Crest Theater, and the Rivers. I could go on and I might. Sacramento is home.

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