Delight flag received't fly over Dublin Metropolis Corridor, vote causes contentious debate amongst residents


DUBLIN, Calif. (KGO) — The Metropolis of Dublin will acknowledge June as LGBTQ Delight Month, however it will not fly a Delight flag over Metropolis Corridor.

The Metropolis, State, and American flag will stay the one three displayed on the municipal flagpoles on the Dublin Civic Middle.

At Tuesday’s metropolis council assembly, Councilman Shawn Kumagai requested town contemplate proclaiming June 2019 as LGBTQ Delight Month, and requested town contemplate flying a rainbow flag at Metropolis Corridor.

The five-member council unanimously supported the proclamation.

Nevertheless, in a 3-to-2 vote, metropolis leaders rejected Councilman Kumagai’s request to fly a Delight flag, even for someday.

Many Dublin residents in attendance stated that end result was sudden.

“It looks as if we’re being advised, ‘Yeah, we such as you guys as our neighbors and every little thing, and we have no animosity in the direction of you, however we do not truly wish to acknowledge you as being a gaggle,'” Jeannine Sullivan stated.

She’s lived in Dublin for 21 years.

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Past being voted down, Sullivan stated the night time’s public remark interval took an sudden and disappointing flip.

Some residents questioned whether or not different teams, spiritual or social, could be allowed to fly their flags.

“What in regards to the Accomplice flag? The Black Lives Matter flag? The Communist flag?” one resident requested publicly.

One man requested town to think about flying an NRA flag. He held the flag up and defined the NRA has additionally been discriminated in opposition to, simply because the LGBTQ neighborhood.

Two folks spoke about rumors so as to add one other letter to the LGBTQ acronym.

“And that’s the letter ‘P’ for ‘pedophile,'” one man stated.

“It truly is discouraging to assume that folks really assume that about our neighborhood, as a result of that is not what we’re about,” Sullivan advised ABC7 Information. “We do not need pedophiles in our neighborhood any greater than anyone else does. Now we have children.”

She emphasised, “There isn’t any ‘P’ in LGBTQIAA. Any of the letters. That is not a factor. It is not on the way in which. It is not something we’re combating for.”

The acronym is brief for: Lesbian, Homosexual, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual and Ally.

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Dublin resident Bobby Khullar stated some audio system have been out of line.

“I do not help that in any respect, by any means,” he stated.

Nevertheless, Khullar stated he understands the underlying debate.

“Everybody has the identical rights to that flagpole,” he stated. “And if there are some guiding paperwork that state that, and we will produce other folks fill that out and have their flags represented as properly… superior.”

At present, town doesn’t have a coverage concerning flags, and he stated council merely debated that time.

“I’m 100% in favor of LGBTQ rights, and I help that 100%,” Khullar stated. “There’s simply no guiding paperwork to help anyone else.”

Dublin Mayor David Haubert advised ABC7 Information in an e-mail, “Dublin is an inviting and inclusive neighborhood and I attempt to do so much to drive that all through our DNA. As Mayor I signed onto the Nationwide Mayors Towards Discrimination of LGBTQ a number of years in the past. Regionally we’ve a motion known as ‘Dubversity’ devoted to celebrating our range.”

He stated folks must needless to say all folks deserve respect and inclusiveness.

“Nothing has modified with the choice to not use the municipal flagpoles to fly the rainbow flag,” Mayor Haubert stated.

He continued, “I’ve nice family and friends members within the LGBTQ neighborhood that I really like and help. And I’ll all the time combat to guard them. However we have to discover ways in which additionally respect how others really feel and I’m dedicated to doing that.”

Councilman Kumagai, who made the preliminary requests to council, advised ABC7 Information, “Being an openly-gay man and the primary overtly LGBTQ elected official in Dublin, I perceive that we nonetheless have some work to do. And a part of the explanation I put this merchandise ahead is to begin the dialogue.”

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