A “Straight Pride” rally Saturday in Modesto, California, attracted ten times as many counter-demonstrators as attendees, according to witnesses.
The organizer of a “Straight Pride” rally held in Modesto, Calif., on Saturday said his group remained committed to its cause even though its 20 rally attendees were greatly outnumbered by over 200 counter-protesters.
“That does not change the truth of our message,” Don Grundmann, 67, director of the National Straight Pride Coalition, told the Modesto Bee.
On its website, the coalition states that its mission is to prevent civilization “from being destroyed by the inherent malevolence of the Homosexual Movement.”
Grundmann’s request to hold the rally was ultimately rejected by the council due to security concerns” and insufficient insurance for the event, despite council member Mylinda Mason being a co-organizer for the rally.
Early Saturday morning, attendees were notified that the rally had been moved to Durrer Barn, a private venue.
The newspaper estimates that a few dozen people came to the barn, with more than 200 counter-protesters gathering nearby at Enslen Park.
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Insisting they were not notified the event was promoting straight pride, the Durrer family promptly shut it down, according to the Los Angeles Blade. Grundmann, however, claimed it was broken up by the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department “for fear of protests and violence.”
Shortly after 12:30pm, he relocated the event again—this time to the parking lot outside Planned Parenthood offices on McHenry Avenue, which were closed at the time.
“Masculinity, femininity, the natural family of man, woman children, babies, born and unborn western civilization, Caucasians and all people—all of those are basic foundations that are under attack,” Grundmann told Fox40 at the gathering.
Grundmann had predicted some 500 attendees.
Counter-protesters could be heard chanting “No Hate, No Fear, Straight Pride is not welcome here!”
Max Reed of the Modesto Non-Violent Collective said the protest proved the community “is standing together to reject this group and what they represent.”
“For every step someone takes to come and divide our community, spread hatred, spread bigotry, this many people are standing on guard to make sure it doesn’t happen with thousands more,” Modesto Councilman Mani Grewal told counter-demonstrators.
Modesto Police thanking all involved “for remaining peaceful, expressing themselves in a respectful manner while embracing our community’s diversity.”
A similar straight pride parade is set to take place in Boston on August 31.
Dozens of people gather in front of the Planned Parenthood office in Modesto. We are seeing a lot of anti-straight pride protesters here. We were hearing at one point there were straight pride parade organizers at this location but so sign of them. Lots of police @CBSSacramento pic.twitter.com/q1wW6sEnQM
— Anna Giles (@AnnaGilesTV) August 24, 2019