Wausau is will soon enjoy its first gay pride parade. The main organizer of the event is Daxx Bouvier who is putting up $15,000 of his own money to make it happen.
A leading objector to the event, according to a Wausau radio station, is Wausau’s 3rd District Alderman David Nutting. I listened to an audio recording of Nutting’s speech at a city meeting . This is a portion of the speech that I am transcribing and sharing because – well – I find it practically unbelievable for its bigotry:
“I represent an overwhelming majority of district 3 residents who oppose allowing a parade of deviant-behaving individuals to be escorted by public law enforcement members through the very heart of our family-oriented city to a beautiful family-oriented public park where no doubt their choice of indecent behavior will be on full display for influential children and the media to proclaim it worldwide. This isn’t speech. This is behavior. I ask that all residents stay away from the parade or if you do go, stand with your back to the parade of deviant-behaving individuals. I respectfully ask for our various media outlets to pay little or no attention to the parade just as you do to any other parade in this city…”
I hope that Wausau will show up and NOT turn their backs on gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer citizens and their families. I hope they’ll show pride and respect for the diversity in their community and refuse to allow the David Nuttings of the world to speak for them.
According to the Wausau Daily Herald
The parade is scheduled to start at 3 p.m. June 22 and to go from Marathon Park to The 400 Block in downtown Wausau, where festivities, including music, a drag show and food vendors will continue after the parade.
The Herald notes that Rep. Sean Duffy will not be attending and that Senator Tammy Baldwin has been invited but did not confirm attendance.
This blogger has emailed Senator Baldwin’s scheduler and awaits a reply as to whether she will show.
Gay pride parade coming to Wausau – Wausau Daily Herald May 9, 2013
Wausau alderman opposes upcoming Gay Pride Parade – Rock 94.7’s web site June 12, 2013
P.S. – Here’s a map of Wausau’s city districts so you can see wehere District 3 is. I’d be interested in hearing from a District 3 resident or two. Is it true that Nutting speaks for “an overwhelming majority” of the citizens he represents there?