A confused Gay American
A few months ago a new flag was installed at the corner of Normal Street (the name is appropriate; stay tuned) and University Avenue, smack dab (smack dab?) in the middle of Hillcrest.
The flagpole is about 65 feet tall, and you might have noticed that the flag is not the United States flag, or even the California flag. Nope. It is the Gay flag. Some of you might not have known that there even was a gay flag!
Hillcrest is one of the most vibrant gay neighborhoods in the nation (see why the flag being at Normal Street is appropriate?……..lol). Many estimates place Hillcrest’s gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, and questioning citizenry as high as 65% of the population there. Nonetheless, does that warrant a gay flag? I think not. I think it sets a bad precedence.
We have lots of ethnic neighborhoods here in San Diego — African-American, Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Filippino, Mexican, Republican and Democrat (not sure the last two are ethnicities, though……..lol). Do they all warrant a flag for their ethnicities? I think not, but under the precedent set with the gay flag, they certainly could be justified in asking for a flag for their neighborhoods. What a mess that could be.
Another problem with this gay flag is that it is not on private property. I suppose that if someone wanted to put it on private property, I would not have a problem as long as it passed appropriate building and zoning standards. This flag, however, is in the public median at a very heavily travelled intersection and was paid for with public money. I’m just not understanding it, and yet it was passed unanimously by the City Council.
The next problem is that since this flag is on public property and was built with public money, I’m presuming that maintenance is on the public dole as well.
I might be a out and proud gay man in an 18-year monogamous relationship — we got married on October 30, 2008), but I’m an American first, and this flag simply is not sitting well in the American side of my brain.
I’m confused. Anyone help me out?
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