Frederick Pride Festival-file 1

Dylan Dickerson performs in the Carroll Creek amphitheater during last year’s Frederick Pride festival.

After initially postponing one of the summer’s largest events, the Frederick Center announced it has canceled its Frederick Pride parade due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The parade, which was originally postponed until Oct. 4, will be canceled for 2020 and the center hopes to have its 10th anniversary of the parade on June 26, 2021, according to a release from the center.

“This decision was not arrived at lightly, and we did all we could in an attempt to hold this event,” the release said. “However, with so much uncertainty, and out of respect to our vendors, entertainers, activists, volunteers, and our entire LGBTQ+ community, we felt it best to cancel the event early.”

The Frederick Center said it realizes the need to feel welcome may be higher than ever, and if residents are struggling and need someone to talk to, they can go to thefrederickcenter.org/links-to-resources/emergency-help.

(72) comments

Frankle1

I figured this would be the case. Such a bummer... Just like the Great Frederick Fair, Frederick Pride is one of my favorite events of the summer. Just so much fun. This summer sucks. Wish we could get this virus under control already! So many other developed countries squashed it... why can't we figure it out?!!

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KR999

So, just because I don't support a revision of historical facts I'm constantly on the wrong side of history? Is that so? You know what your problem is? You're a typical liberal left progressive who believes that anyone who doesn't agree with your own twisted, distorted views is wrong and you're full of the hate, hypocrisy, and the superiority need you people have to impose those views on others. And it shows in everything you've written today.

NewMarketParent

FYI, KR999, just because you get all of your information from Faux News and Right-Wing radio does not make any of your points valid. I get that in order for your to paint yourselves as victims that you constantly have make up claims that the other side is violent.

How you can always be attacking others and then flipping over and at the same time claim victim is incredibly baffling and shows just how sad your cause is.

Very often, protest is messy. Do you know how incredibly hard it is to even get people to decide on what to have for dinner, yet alone have everyone in a protest make sure not to lash out at the ugliness that will try to confront you as you exercise your rights peacefully? Take that and add a sprinkling of external agitators who are only there to stir the pot of violence or portray themselves as both a part of the protest and there specifically to be seen as being violent. You then get your favorite propaganda channel, Faux News to capture the violence and put it on 24-hour loop. We've seen this playbook being played so many times and it is what you reach for each time to discredit largely peaceful protests and attempt to rationalize state violence against those groups seeking equality.

The fact that you are so consistently on the other side speaks lets everyone know where you get your views from.

KR999

And, once again NewMarketParent, you have no idea what you're talking about. If you did, you would know that I've posted here before that I watch extremely little news on TV, be it right or left orientated; Fox or CNN. And the only radio I listen to is a couple of Irish stations I have saved in my Bose S4 system. And that's only when I'm sitting on my deck. And, also as I've said, you know nothing about me other than what I post here and, just because I don't share your twisted views I'm "the enemy" and you find it necessary to lie about me here on a public forum in a feeble attempt to further your just as twisted agenda. Well, FYI bud, what you think about me, or anything else, doesn't make a rat's @$$ to me so spew your garbage to someone to whom it does. Question, though; has fido welcomed you as the newest member of his LLBTT (Liberal Left Bully Tag Team) yet?

dancing donna

I don't understand the need to have a parade about your sexual orientation. It would be like straight people having a "Straight Pride Parade". We should love all people no matter what. We should not need parades to showcase this.

KR999

You have a very good point, donna. But if anyone in Frederick were to try to organize a "Straight Pride Parade" they would be decried as being "racist." Without a doubt.

Dwasserba

Or just....borong

KR999

Being proud of being heterosexual is boring? If it is for you, maybe you should try the "alternative" lifestyle. If you don't already, that is.

bosco

I wonder how far up Market Street a White Lives Matter parade would get, KR999?[ninja]

KR999

I don't believe one would be permitted, bosco. Remember, no gatherings of more than 10 people are allowed.

bosco

Dang, KR999, I keep forgetting that limit of 10. I've already purchased our spray paint to decorate downtown buildings and the balloons to release from the bandshell.

Maybe I repaint one of the old cars here at Bosco Manor with the paint.

[lol][lol][lol][lol][ninja]

phydeaux994

Why don’t you two just trade phone numbers?? Or better yet, have a Zoom meeting so you can do a virtual high five?? BTW bosco, they had a White Supremacists Lives Matter Parade in Charlottesville a while back, complete with Tiki Torches. It didn’t go well, ended up with rioting and burning and looting and running over people.

threecents

Likewise, Every day is a WLM parade. BLM is to acknowledge that our society does not always value black lives as much as white lives. I feel like a first grade teacher, but some of you all need an elementary education in American History 101.

phydeaux994

CD, DJ Trump never said “President Zelensky, if you don’t investigate Joe and Hunter Biden, I am going to withhold your U.S. Aid money until you do”, but he was Impeached by the House for doing just that. You never said “I am a Racist” but you made a comment that proved that you are.....

CDReid May 14, 2018 6:06pm

Easy to get, fido? With all the rules and laws it takes to get one, especially in this state? Are you serious? And what about Chicago? Some of the most strict gun laws in the country are there and they have just about the highest murder rate in the country. Did the NRA and the gun manufacturers help all the thugs in that city get their guns too? How, exactly did they do that, then? How did they help all the thugs in Baltimore get their guns to make a record homicide rate last year??? It ain't the NRA or the manufacturers, it's people who are inherently violent and don't have a clue how to be civil, that's the problem!

I rest my case.

KR999

Ok fido, with regards to your 6:37pm post of yesterday, show me anywhere that I mentioned any race in the comment of mine you referenced. As is well known by all here, you have the irresponsible need to make every issue a racial one. I rest my case.

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KR999

Fido, at the risk of offending the moderator, you're a liar, plain and simple. Show me one time where I said that black lives don't matter. Show me one time where I said that all white lives don't matter. Show me one time where I said that only white supremacists lives matter. If I ever said any of what you claim I did, and I repeat it daily as you also claim, it should be no problem for you to copy and paste many of those comments you allege I said, now should it? So, either do so, or let everyone reading here continue to recognize you for what you are; which is a liar. The balls in your court fido.

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phydeaux994

CD, you constantly disparage anything or anybody who is not a White Supremacist. You have NEVER voiced any positive comment toward anyone here that supports anything that disagrees with your harangues about people of color and those that support Equal Rights for all. Case in point, people that come out to protest legally and peacefully. If you want proof of my belief of your views, just go back and read your own attacks against anyone here that disagrees with you. None reflect that their Lives Matter One Whit to You. Again, I have read your comments since you started here as Glen Shiel and subsequent names and have NEVER felt that you have anything but contempt for anyone that challenges you.

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KR999

Let me reiterate, fido;

"Show me one time where I said that black lives don't matter. Show me one time where I said that all white lives don't matter. Show me one time where I said that only white supremacists lives matter. If I ever said any of what you claim I did, and I repeat it daily as you also claim, it should be no problem for you to copy and paste many of those comments you allege I said, now should it? So, either do so, or let everyone reading here continue to recognize you for what you are; which is a liar."

Put up or shut up.

threecents

Every day is straight pride day. This is just one day to specifically acknowledge diversity. Is that too hard?

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threecents

CD, I don't know what is in your heart, but you sure talk the talk. Maybe you just do it out of ignorance.

NewMarketParent

I'm guessing you are in the "All Lives Matter" crowd.

Others... people who not CIS white male, live in a world where they experience the thousands of cuts and microaggressions that can eventually break even the most stoic of people.

LGBTQA folks very often experience a lot of family and societal shame for being who they are. It is important to everyone to be seen and acknowledged.

Until society no longer treats people like this, we need to celebrate our diversity and that includes the diversity of orientations. When everyone is treated the same, we can celebrate everyone. Until then, we can put our concentration on lifting up those that are treated differently.

KR999

Is there something wrong with believing that all lives matter, NMP?

NewMarketParent

We all know dog whistles when we hear them. So please stop trying to insult everyone's intelligence and betray your own lack thereof.

KR999

You know, NMP, you've already proven both the hate and ignorance that your full of and, with a comment like this, you not only continue to do so but also that you're incapable of answering a simple, honest question. I'm sure you're very proud of yourself, aren't you?

threecents

CD, You wouldn't ask that if you were not either racist and/or ignorant of American History 101.

bosco

"We all know dog whistles when we hear them".......I'm guessing one has to be a "lying dog-faced pony soldier" to hear those dog whistles.[ninja]

bosco

If we need to celebrate a diversity of opinions, why are some opinions silenced by the left's cancel culture? Why are they so afraid of free speech from all individuals?

[ninja]

NewMarketParent

Because they are hot garbage and should be left on the trash heap of history. No one is silencing you. Keep sticking your foot further and further in your mouth. No one has stopped you. Your free speech is not freedom from criticism or being told that your ideas are horrible. Please keep speaking.

Sometimes people's only real purpose in life is to be the person that everyone else points to and says "Don't be like that guy".

You should dream the impossible dream of being that guy.

KR999

Gee bosco, this NewMarketParent person said to you

"Sometimes people's only real purpose in life is to be the person that everyone else points to and says "Don't be like that guy".

You should dream the impossible dream of being that guy."

Why would you dream of being a guy whom everyone else points to and says "Don't be like that guy?" Is there something about you we don't know about? Are you a closet "Bad guy?"

bosco

Keep on proving my point that the liberals are afraid of free speech and try to shut/shout down any differing opinion. [ninja]

KR999

Question, bosco; Weren't the Nazis afraid of free speech, and didn't they try to shut/shout down differing opinions also? What was that about learning from history or being doomed to repeat it?

bosco

KKR999, the Nazis used the same tactics that the left and their anarchists are using today. Anyone who has studied the Nazi-era history would have no problem seeing the parallels.

When Fido puts his phone number out there, let's give him a call and invite him out for a wee dram. That'd drive him crazy - a Black man who enjoys good Scotch and the company of Scot.

Slainte.

[ninja]

KR999

[thumbup][thumbup][thumbup][lol][lol] Agus sláinte agatsa, bosco!

DickD

I have often wondered why anyone would want to tell the world. Is it to find others of like kind or just to irritate everyone else?

Dwasserba

When I was younger and I admitted to having been adopted, volunteered it, people were irritated and asked WHY WHY WHY. Maybe it's not about you. I do it for me. This is me. Part of me. I no longer care if you "approve" or not. There are others like me. It's not as lonely as it was, which was very, or as WHAAAAT as it was, and that's from people speaking up over time.

Dwasserba

Parades raise awareness and normalize, which straights don't need.

KR999

So then, are you implying that they who are not straight are not normal?

DickD

Do you think it is normal to be gay? If you believe in God, do you think there's a reason for males and females? .

KR999

Dick, I believe normal is being part of the majority. Defined as a noun, normal is "the usual, average, or typical state or condition." I don't believe gays fall in this category. While it seems to be difficult to ascertain just how many of those people are in this country, a 2017 Gallop Poll of them, gays themselves, shows that approximately only 4.5% of the U.S. population is "gay." (https://news.gallup.com/poll/234863/estimate-lgbt-population-rises.aspx) which is a minor minority. So, to answer your question, "No," I do not believe it's "normal" to be "gay." If over 50% of the people here said they were "gay," then I would consider it "Normal." Now, how long before I get attacked for this one???

DickD

Normal ls usually defined a lot more than average. Otherwise, I agree.

newspostreader

dancing donna - First of all, Frederick Pride is a festival not just a parade. The reason it is held is to create diversity and inclusion in our community. You may not realize it, but LGBTQ+ individuals have been oppressed for years. Until just a few years ago many had no marriage rights and in some places you can be fired for the simple fact that you're gay. When is the last time you heard of someone being fired for being straight? You may not agree with a "gay parade" since we don't have a "straight parade", but that isn't want Pride is all about.

KR999

The reason it is held is to create diversity and inclusion in the community, newspostreader? Do really think the liberal utopia known as Frederick, MD has no "diversity and inclusion?"

NewMarketParent

"Liberal utopia" known as Frederick. It would almost be funny if it weren't so sad that you are so entrenched in entitlement and privilege that you lash out at those seeking equality.

KR999

I'm "entrenched in entitlement and privilege," NMP? [lol][lol][lol][lol][lol] You don't know a damned thing about me other than what I post here. And, if you think I'm "entitled and privileged" just because I'm European-American, as I've said here before, I refuse to apologize to you or anyone for being White. When was the last time you took a knee and apologized to the black race for belonging to the Party that fought to preserve slavery? When was the last time you apologized to them for belonging to the Party that initiated the Jim Crow laws which kept them down for decades? There's an old saying about throwing the first stone and, being a liberal left hypocrite, I'm sure you've thrown it quite a few times, haven't you?

phydeaux994

CD, FYI. Lincoln was a Republican which was the Liberal Party at that time. The Democrats were the Conservatives.

phydeaux994

Yes CD, Frederick does. Thurmont not so much.

newspostreader

KR999 - If Frederick was a "liberal utopia" we wouldn't be having this conversation would we? But yet here we are....

MrSniper

People have organized straight pride & white pride parades. Almost nobody attended them. However, if you feel so aggrieved, I’m certain nobody will/can stand in your way. Part of the problem is that conservative people are what your generation calls “squares”. Your not fun & your art is terrible.

jloo

Ah, yet again the inconsistency is amazing. The "science" tells us is a few studies reported that protesting and vandalizing has not spread the virus. Therefore, Frederick Pride cannot scientifically speaking spread the virus. On another note the Washington Post reported a few days ago about the Brown Lives Matter march that occured in Frederick, I think July 12th. Apparently it did not go well. Very curious about the non-reporting of this event by the FNP. Do brown lives NOT matter?

NewMarketParent

Seriously? What about the science has informed you that gathering in groups is safe? What specific scientific literature have you seen to support this incredible claim?

KR999

This is what jloo is referring to, NMP. I suggest you get a computer and learn how to use it.

https://apnews.com/5a283df1b23ecc5c4b19803d320d0ebc

NewMarketParent

Awww... You somehow think that I don't know how to use a computer?

What I do know is how to read a result and interpret it in the way it was meant. What I try not to do is to make a broad statement about how that applies to another set of completely different circumstances. I also am smarter than trying to use anecdotes to make broad scientific or medical statements. But... do you and use your death cult platform to push others to their own perils.

Just because an article says that a specific action doesn't seem to spread the infection, that doesn't mean that there is a broad consensus that it is smart to do that thing.

For example... Pete jumps off of bridge and didn't die doesn't mean that it is a good idea that Luke and Joe should do the same. But, I know the death cult wants everyone spreading the virus, so... do you.

KR999

Hey, I was just giving you a link to what jloo was referring to in order to shine a little light on your ignorance. I wasn't interested in any BS lectures.

BunnyLou

Good.

KR999

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notconcerned

Responsible decision.

public-redux

Darn it! First ColorFest and now Frederick Pride.

DickD

Makes you want to take up drinking, huh?

bosco

If it's OK for BLM to have a parade, why not Gay Pride? Get some signs, march up Market Street and annoy the outdoor diners, spray some graffiti around, and call it a day. [ninja]

KR999

The difference being, I believe, bosco, is that the City is not afraid of the "Pride" attendees trashing the town if they don't get their way like they're afraid the BLM attendees doing so if they can't have their little marches. And the 50 people last Saturday night was nothing more than a little march. Just enough to ruin dinner for some unsuspecting people looking for a pleasant night out.

NewMarketParent

It is so funny how the city is not afraid of the Confederates walking around and threatening violence, but is afraid of BLM peacefully protesting.

The point of a protest is not to be convenient. If it was, it would be a parade.

KR999

OK, NMP, just when was it that "Confederates walked around and threatened violence" in Frederick? I seemed to have missed that, as did the FNP in reporting it. When was that?

KR999

Ohhhhhh, that's right, I forgot. The last time Confederate walked around Frederick and threatened violence was in July of 1864. Wow, my memory must be slipping. [lol]

threecents

CD, What about supporters of the Confederacy? I recall them marching through Thurmont and elsewhere.

KR999

three, there is no Confederacy to support, and hasn't been for 155 years. What you, and I, have witnessed are supporters of the beliefs the former Confederacy represented.

NewMarketParent

When did BLM have a parade? I totally missed it. What I have seen though is people exercising their rights by protest. A protest is not a parade and vice versa. I know. It is an easy point to miss, but try to keep up.

DickD

What are you protesting? Is anyone stopping you from being gay? Who really cares? How you see this as a protest mystifies me.

KR999

FYI, NewMarketParent, exercising one's rights by protest does not include the defacing of someone else's property, as has happened in Frederick, or the destruction of other people's property, as has happened in other cities. Try as you might, you cannot justify this type of illegal behavior as "exercising one's rights." If you think you can, can you justify me coming to your house and vandalizing it in the spirit of "exercising my rights" for a cause I believe in?

threecents

No excuse for vandalism, but I am not shedding any tears over the loss of statues that embolden racism or marginalize people based on their skin color.

public-redux

bosco, I haven't been to a BLM March but I have enjoyed the celebration of redneck culture at Colorfest Ang LGBTQ culture at Pride. E pluribus unum.

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