I’m getting better at this Party Resolution thing. My second resolution called on the city of Anaheim to honor the promise the city council made in June 2016 to fly the Gay Pride flag on Harvey Milk Day (May 22) through the end of Pride Month (June) which the city failed to do this year opting to place the banner on the side of City Hall where the “Let’s Go Duck’s” banner was for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
But why stop there? Every city government and county office where flags are flying ought to fly the Rainbow colors too. Here’s the text of the resolution the Democratic Party of Orange County voted on at the June meeting:
RESOLUTION CALLING ON ANAHEIM AND LOCAL ORANGE COUNTY CITIES AND COUNTY GOVERNMENT TO FLY THE THE LGBTQ PRIDE FLAG FROM HARVEY MILK DAY THROUGH PRIDE MONTH
WHEREAS on June 21, 2016, the Anaheim City Council unanimously approved a measure by then-Council Member Jordan Brandman, the only openly gay council member, to fly the LGBTQ Pride flag on the City Hall Flag Pole annually beginning on state-recognized Harvey Milk Day (May 22) through the end of June during Pride Month as both a response to the mass shooting at a LGBTQ-friendly nightclub in Orlando and to demonstrate that Anaheim is a city of kindness for the LGBTQ community; and
WHEREAS on May 22, 2017, the City of Anaheim failed to fly the LGBTQ Pride flag due to unresolved city code issues resulting in the flag alternatively displayed in the entryway to City Hall with limited visibility; and
WHEREAS the failure of the city to honor the previously passed resolution and correct city code issues is an insult to the LGBTQ community and those who support full equality;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Democratic Party of Orange County calls on the Anaheim City Council to uphold their June 2016 pledge to fly the LGBTQ Pride Flag at City Hall annually from Harvey Milk Day through June Pride Month; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Democratic Party of Orange County calls on every city and county government office in Orange County to fly the LGBTQ Pride flag from Harvey Milk Day through month of June every year to honor the county’s LGBTQ community and those who support equality in every form.
Respectfully submitted on June 6, 2017 by: Jeff LeTourneau, Carina Franck-Pantone, Anita Narayana, Diana Lee Carey, Michael Fox, Tony Bedolla, Dan Chmielewski
Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait was showing his conservative Republican side fought against the promise made by the council in June 2016, citing city law. At the June 6 council meeting, Tait’s anti-LGBTQ position was folded into a general pitch about any other flags.
From the Register: “I’m drawing the line with flying the flag in front of City Hall,” said Mayor Tom Tait, who was against flying or displaying any kind of flag except the three allowed in front of City Hall. “I do not believe that any other flags should fly in front with the governmental flags.”
There was a code issue associated with the June 2016 measure that was supposed to have been cleaned up in January, a full month after the Tait majority took office, but it didn’t happen. The simple solution for Anaheim? Follow Santa Ana’s lead and have another flagpole built to accommodate community flags upon a vote of the council. Imagine flags showing support for breast cancer survivors, domestic abuse awareness, education, even support for the Angels or Ducks during the playoffs. Cost estimates range from $7,500 to $10,000.
There was little debate over the issue at the Party meeting which passed with everyone’s vote save one abstention — Greg Diamond. The OJ blogger mirrored Lucille Kring’s argument that other group’s would demand their flag-time suggesting that a White Power Group might want to fly their flag or a Pro-Israel or Pro-Palestinian group would demand to fly the flag. That’s why there’s a city council to decide who gets to fly a flag or not. Cynics at the meeting who thanked me for the resolution suggested Diamond would never support any resolution I drafted regardless of the subject it was. It certainly appears so. But was Diamond’s abstention a reaction to the fact I drafted the original resolution, his continued enthusiastic support of Anaheim mayor Tom Tait, or an underlying anti-LGBTQ sentiment?