Everyone knows that certain subgroups of people in our state face discrimination and exclusion based simply on their identity. The truth is, many Oklahomans still form their opinions of others based off of stereotypes. This can make it difficult for these marginalized people to fit into Oklahoma society, especially if that stereotype says they are a bigoted, back-asswards, nut cases hell-bent using their religion as an excuse to discriminate against people.
According to News 9, the gays may be discriminating against Republicans for a change.
Via News 9…
The OKC pride parade will march down North Classen June 24. It’s a celebration of inclusion. But Oklahoma County Republicans are told, they won’t be included.
“It’s sad,” said Oklahoma County Republican Party Chair Daren Ward. “I mean especially from that community.”
Oklahoma County Republicans say they wanted to march in the parade to celebrate some of their gay members.
“And then the next thing I heard is no and then we’re full and then I guess a big Facebook discussion blow up and here we are,” Ward said.
I mean, if it were true that OKC Pride was not welcoming the Oklahoma GOP to the parade, I wouldn’t necessarily blame them. Our Republican controlled state has put through so many anti-LGBTQIA+ bills that it’s beginning to feel like lawmakers are personally writing a custom law for every new Oklahoma kid who comes out as gay. But here’s the thing: what Ward is saying is more misleading than true. In reality, it’s less of a “blow up” and more of a procrastination problem.
Let’s take a look at the “big Facebook discussion” for ourselves…