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Why the Threat?
06/21/2003

Honestly, I wouldn't have had anything to say about this run-of-the-mill article about the first gay pride parade under the first gay mayor of Providence. But this is something that I just had to point out, particularly when the focus of the entire report is on the "diversity" and openness of the city:

"I think Providence has grown like many other places in the country," says Kate Monteiro, president of the Rhode Island Alliance for Lesbian and Gay Civil Rights. "Over the last 10 years to 15 years, we have joined the ranks of cities where it is OK to be different."

Like Cicilline himself, a former state representative who declared his sexual orientation before running for mayor, the city's once-closeted gay community is more open than ever.

"Gay and lesbian people have become much less willing to lie and pretend," says Monteiro. "They have also become less willing to spend their money with people who do not respect them."

I guess businesses will have to learn after "slipping" what Monteiro considers to be disrespectful. I would guess that my opposition to gay marriage might put me in the "disrespectful" column, although it isn't in opposition to homosexuals that I hold that position.

Of course, the context in which Monteiro's statement was made to the Providence Journal might have made a huge difference, but as it is within the article it sticks out like a sinister threat.

Posted by Justin Katz @ 10:49 PM EST