Vocally Anti-Gay Former San Diego Mayor Hosts Fundraiser for Gay Mayoral Candidate
SAN DIEGO, April 13, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- San Diego mayoral frontrunner Carl DeMaio faces heat from LGBT community after attending a La Jolla fundraiser hosted by alleged homophobe and former San Diego mayor Roger Hedgecock
SAN DIEGO— As noted in this week's San Diego LGBT Weekly newsmagazine, openly gay San Diego mayoral candidate Carl DeMaio has upset many leaders in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community by touting an April 11 fundraiser in La Jolla hosted by former San Diego mayor Roger Hedgecock -- a political leader who has expressed views that many in the LGBT community consider virulently anti-gay.
"It is disheartening to hear that DeMaio is not responding to the LGBT community's concerns about his relationship with anti-gay forces in San Diego," said San Diego LGBT Weekly publisher, Stampp Corbin, a noted LGBT activist having served as co-chair of the 2008 Obama for America campaign, and a former Human Rights Campaign (HRC) officer and board member. "Our community would love a gay mayor, but not if it requires us to consort and cavort with those who are on record as being staunchly against us."
DeMaio's standing within the LGBT community has been eroding in recent weeks -- a fact that was in stark evidence when the councilman was booed and heckled during a historic LGBT mayoral forum held March 28 at the San Diego LGBT Community Center. During the debate, when asked by voters and members of the press if he would be an active advocate for LGBT equality and LGBT rights, DeMaio answered that he is "not running on social issues." DeMaio, who is a Republican and has the endorsement of the county's Republican Central Committee, said his concern is focused on economic issues.
That's not enough for the leader of one of San Diego's most influential political groups – LGBT or otherwise.
"You can judge the character of a man by the company he keeps," said Doug Case, president of San Diego Democrats for Equality (formerly the San Diego Democratic Club). "It is one thing to accept support from a right-wing extremist; it is quite another to feature a despicable heterosexual supremacist at your own campaign fundraiser."
The host of the DeMaio fundraiser, Roger Hedgecock, has made hateful and discriminatory remarks concerning the gay community on his conservative syndicated radio talk show, as well as in other media. For example, Hedgecock once said the only reason gays want to be in the military is because "that's where the boys are." Hedgecock also sued to have "normal people" march in the annual San Diego LGBT Pride celebration, citing discrimination against heterosexuals.
For reprints of the original commentary article by Stampp Corbin, download the copy here. For additional quotes or to schedule an interview with Corbin, contact San Diego LGBT Weekly editor-in-chief, Thom Senzee at (323) 620-6778.
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