Monday, June 27, 2005

Pride and Prejudice

Last weekend saw a gay pride rally in Tampa, earlier the scene of a Hillsborough County Commission resultion that barred the county from advertising said rallies. A very diverse crowd, both straight and gay, participated in the march and accompanying rally.

Also this past weekend, the University of Florida committed a bit of a faux pas by publishing the name of ex-Governor Charley Johns in its list of notable alumni. Mr. Johns was a segregationist who also wanted to round up any homosexual students or teachers at the University of Florida and expel them from the campus.

Granted, this all happened back in the 1950s, before the Stonewall Riots that began the modern gay rights movement. But it was still wrong of the UF staff to overlook this aspect of Mr. JOhns' history.


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