According to Christopher Hashemzadeh’s June 19 letter, you “shouldn’t come to Pride” if you vote for the wrong sorts of candidates, if you keep your views to yourself rather than being outspoken about LGBT issues, or if you fall short of his standards of correct belief on gender politics, “classism,” and many other issues.

Here’s another point of view. Pride is for everyone of goodwill. It’s OK to come to see friends, or be entertained, or meet new neighbors, or just listen and learn. It’s OK to dress as you like, not in some obligatory uniform. It’s OK to march to the beat of a different drummer, whether or not it puts you in the majority. You should feel welcome whether or not you agree with this or that political party, movement, or candidate. You’ll see Democrats, Republicans, libertarians, Greens, and others at Frederick Pride. They’re all welcome, and so are you, if you bring goodwill.

It’s supposed to be a rainbow, not a strip of litmus paper.

Steven Pippin and Walter Olson

New Market

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Holy smokes, the FNP deleted my comment in which I assured User1 that I had not reported his comment even though he had made any number of silly assumptions about Walter Olson.

. User1, I’m on your side here. [thumbup]. Don’t let the FNP shut you down.

Comment deleted.

If you looked up Olson’s politics even just a little, you would see misguided are your surmises. He is a registered Republican from the libertarian wing. He worked for the Cato Institute. He has written extensively on small government and equal treatment. He was appointed by Hogan to head the redistricting commission for CD6. And my personal favorite: Olson is the person who brought to light Kirby Delauter’s egregious misunderstanding of freedom of the press with his claim that the FNP could not use his name in print without his permission even as he was an elected official.

What in his background leads you to believe that he would have a problem with Straight Pride celebrations if straights and their LGBTQ friends and family wanted to have such a celebration?


I'm hoping that if you know that writer, that letter "sounded" different in your head.


Very well said! Hashemzadeh’s letter reminded me of the folk who get bent out of shape when someone says “happy holidays” instead of “merry Christmas”.

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