Locals flock to Pride at the Beach Day

OCEANSIDE — The second annual Pride at the Beach Day celebrated the diversity of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community Oct. 10.
“It’s a community event to gather all the community together, and by community I don’t mean all the North County LGBT community, we mean everyone,” Max Disposti, chairperson of North County Lesbian Gay Bilingual Transgender Coalition, said.
“We’re inviting all the North County residents to come and get to know our LGBT families,” Disposti said. “There’s food, there’s music, there’s a lot of council members who came to speak.”
The event held at the foot of the Oceanside Pier drew more than 800 people last year and this year the crowd was estimated to be even larger.
“I think it’s important for people to see it and dispel the myths, even if they just walk by,” Curtis Fitzgard, an event volunteer, said. “Most of us are ordinary people, ‘average’.”
“Our society is becoming more open and encouraging, but we still have a lot more work to do, especially here in North County,” Fitzgard said.
Mixed in with the funnel cake and gyros booths were information booths on marriage equality and new rules for U.S. census counts that recognize same sex marriages.
“The way that it (the U.S. census) impacts the gay and lesbian community in particular is that we are for the first time going to be counting same sex married couples in addition to same sex unmarried couples,” Matt Weinstein, U.S. Census partnership specialist, said. “This is a brand new policy for us that was just recently changed over the summer by the Obama administration. The most important message is that everyone counts.”
50th District candidate Francine Busby spoke in support of civil rights at the event and stressed that it is important to be politically involved.
Busby said political issues like marriage equality warrant attention. “It’s a huge political issue, people are going to be deciding about their lives,” Busby said. “It’s a very emotional issue. It’s a civil rights issue.”
“Policies like ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ in the military — it’s time to end that,” Busby said. “With all our young men and women who want to serve, it’s a means of harassment.”
Other local politicians slated to speak included Oceanside City Councilwoman Esther Sanchez, San Diego City Councilman Carl DeMaio and 50th District candidate Tracy Emblem.
The event addressed tough political issues and also celebrated coming together, enjoying food and music and having a good time. Entertainment included rap bands, ballad singers and drag queen acts.
“We have this one space where we’re not the minority,” Fitzgard said.
Outside the entrance to the open-air event, three men who did not wish to give their names or the church they belong to, shouted anti-homosexual remarks and referred to the gospel and sin. Many considered the men’s remarks offensive.
“Who else needs to go through a gauntlet of that stuff to go to their own event?” Craig Roberts, of San Diego, asked.
“We truly need more tolerance in all our communities, including ours,” Disposti said.


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  1. anonymous says:

    “We truly need more tolerance in all our communities”

    Tolerance? Is that the new “in fashion” word for acceptance of a filthy deviant life style, where sodomy is the accepted norm or pedophiles are accepted as “just another lifestyle”, or even better: Where convicted homosexual catholic priests,(read sexual predators)can find tolerance and acceptance for their sins?

    Sorry, I’m fresh out of “tolerance”

  2. californianative says:

    I was at the “Pride at the Beach” from 11:00 until 3:00 and did not see Francine Busby participate in the function at all. I listened to the speakers including Carl DeMaio from the City of San Diego (Thank you Carl); Tracy Emblem, CD 50 Democratic Candidate (Thank you Tracy), and
    Dave Roberts, CD 50 Candidate (Thank you Dave). Tracy and Dave were there for a good portion of the event, had tables available for visitors and supported the sponsors. Francine Busby didn’t
    participate in the event with a table, all she did was make a quick appearance for a “photo op.”
    I don’t think Francine offers tolerance for the gay community at all…she is a hog for attention. I’ve seen her at events and if you support one of the other candidates, she doesn’t want anything to do with you…I don’t call that tolerance either…in fact I call it mean spirited.

    Be aware that this is the 4th time that Francine is running for the 50th Congressional District position. She ran against Duke Cunningham in 2004 and LOST, she ran and LOST against Brian Bilbray again in the June 2006 Special Election after Cunningham was ousted in 2006, and ran again and LOST again against Brian Bilbray in the 2006 General Election. As in baseball, it should be “one, two, three strikes – You’re out.”

  3. anonymous says:

    Seeing the headline and Busby’s pic in there reminded me of this:
    If a conservative doesn’t like guns, they don’t buy one.
    If a liberal doesn’t like guns, then no one should have one.

    If a conservative is a vegetarian, they don’t eat meat. If a liberal is, they want to ban all meat products for everyone..

    If a conservative sees a foreign threat, he thinks about how to defeat his enemy.
    A liberal wonders how to surrender gracefully and still look good.

    If a conservative is homosexual, they quietly enjoy their life.
    If a liberal is homosexual, they loudly demand legislated respect.

    If a black man or Hispanic is conservative, they see themselves as independently successful.
    Their liberal counterparts see themselves as victims in need of government protection.

    If a conservative is down-and-out, he thinks about how to better his situation.
    A liberal wonders who is going to take care of him.

    If a conservative doesn’t like a talk show host, he switches channels.
    Liberals demand that those they don’t like be shut down.

    If a conservative is a non-believer, he doesn’t go to church.
    A liberal wants any mention of God or religion silenced.

    If a conservative decides he needs health care, he goes about shopping for it , or may choose a job that provides it.
    A liberal demands that his neighbors pay for his.

  4. tolerance says:

    I have to be tolerant of people who like to point there finger at me and put me in a classification of pedophiles. This is so ridicules to me. You sit back and prejudge and group people you don’t even know. Then you neatly put a label on us and stick us on your deviant list. Putting up with your kind is what tolerance is all about. I feel sorry for you. You don’t experience life because you are too afraid. Next time get off your butt and go down to pride and meet people. Yes they are different, but aren’t we all?

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