National gay rights group gives Valle...

National gay rights group gives Vallejo low marks

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Anonymous

Vallejo, CA

#1 Nov 28, 2012
National gay rights group gives Vallejo low marks
http://www.timesheraldonline.com/news/ci_2207...

Vallejo scored the lowest among Bay Area cities surveyed by a national organization which evaluated 137 communities for their support -- or lack thereof -- of gay rights.

This is the first "Municipal Equality Index" compiled by the Human Rights Campaign, which is based in Washington, D.C., and advocates for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights.

Vallejo scored 52 of a possible 100 points, giving it the lowest score among the 10 Bay Area cities surveyed, and one of the lowest among the index's 21 California cities.

The index evaluates a variety of factors, including a city's non-discrimination laws, recognition of same-sex relationships and how that municipality as an employer treats its LGBT employees.

However, the index also took into account state and county laws and policies that protect LGBT rights. For example, because California recognizes domestic partnerships and civil unions, Vallejo gets full points, despite no local laws that give explicit recognition.

Thus, all California cities would by default get at least 36 points. The lowest-scoring California city was Rancho Mirage at 44 points.

Solano County has the distinction of being the only Bay Area county in which a majority of voters supported Proposition 8, the 2008 initiative that constitutionally banned same-sex marriage. Mirroring the county, Vallejo approved the measure with more than 60 percent of the vote.

"This (index) is putting a number on things people already know," said Vallejo resident David Crumrine, a member of Better Vallejo.

Better Vallejo formed a few years ago after Mayor Osby Davis told a Bay Citizen website columnist that gays were "committing sin and that sin will keep them out of heaven." The comments drew a strong reaction from gay rights supporters, and Davis later apologized for them.

Crumrine said he was attracted to Vallejo by stories of a vibrant gay community and its openly gay politicians such as former City Council members Gary Cloutier and Michael Wilson.

Last year, the U.S. Census Bureau released statistics showing Vallejo is one of the top 15 Bay Area cities in terms of its gay and lesbian population. That was one reason Vallejo was included in the Human Rights Campaign survey.

"What happens in many ways is LGBT rights and benefits are the bellwether that many other groups decide whether they can trust the city to be a good place for them to raise their families (or) to encourage their friends to come," Crumrine said.

Individual reports are available for each city, highlighting their differences. San Francisco, for example, received points for having an LGBT task force in its police department, while Vallejo does not.

The report docked Vallejo for not having a functioning human rights commission, nor ordinances requiring non-discrimination for its contractors, nor regular engagement with the LGBT community, such as city participation in pride celebrations.

Additionally, it pointed to a current lack of gay politicians in the city.

HRC Municipal Equality Index, Bay Area scores
* San Francisco, 100
* Berkeley, 95
* Oakland, 80
* Sacramento, 79
* Guerneville (unincorporated Sonoma County), 68
* Richmond, 66
* Concord, 64
* Santa Rosa, 59
* Brisbane, 57
* Vallejo, 52

Source: Human Rights Campaign
hate them all

Vallejo, CA

#2 Nov 28, 2012
tsk, tsk.

“Here's a interesting thought..”

Since: May 12

Vallejo

#4 Nov 28, 2012
GREAT!!! Maybe they will get the hint and LEAVE. Do us a favor, take Kurshan with you.
common ground

Vallejo, CA

#5 Nov 28, 2012
Casper the internet ghost wrote:
GREAT!!! Maybe they will get the hint and LEAVE. Do us a favor, take Kurshan with you.
yes!
not enough for ya

Vallejo, CA

#9 Nov 28, 2012
Gay Pride wrote:
Another problem in Vallejo is the lack of stores that cater to homosexual needs like butt plugs. In Frisco, the following are the most popular and sold at every corner in the Castro district:
Regular butt plug, the missionary.
Rippled butt plug, designed for rough and tumble.
Penis shaped butt plug, make believe lover.
Vibrating butt plug, endorsed by the Energizer bunny.
Inflatable butt plug, where size matters.
what are these used for if they are stuffing khock up in there?
whats up gene

Vallejo, CA

#12 Nov 29, 2012
we came that close to having a gay mayor, that would have opened the floodgates of depravity. whew!!
TheHammerofTruth

Walnut Creek, CA

#13 Nov 29, 2012
whats up gene wrote:
we came that close to having a gay mayor, that would have opened the floodgates of depravity. whew!!
Yeah, Vallejo was that close to becoming a cesspool! Oh wait....nevermind
they didnt advertise

Vallejo, CA

#14 Nov 29, 2012
whats up gene wrote:
we came that close to having a gay mayor, that would have opened the floodgates of depravity. whew!!
Vallejo has had gay mayors. You just didnt suspect it. Or did you?
No Homo

Vallejo, CA

#15 Nov 29, 2012
I wear leather chaps and ride a motorcycle because I'm so stylish. I'm straight, just ask Danny.
Anonymous

Vallejo, CA

#16 Jan 30, 2013
SF archbishop: same-sex marriage is like men breastfeeding
http://blog.sfgate.com/nov05election/2013/01/...

SF archbishop: "same-sex marriage is so unnatural it is a natural impossibility."
just relax joey

Vallejo, CA

#17 Jan 31, 2013
Anonymous wrote:
SF archbishop: same-sex marriage is like men breastfeeding
http://blog.sfgate.com/nov05election/2013/01/...
SF archbishop: "same-sex marriage is so unnatural it is a natural impossibility."
But it feels GREAT!
gimmie gimmie gimmie

Los Altos, CA

#18 Jan 31, 2013
GO NINERS ! at least one guy gets it right !

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