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Posted: Saturday, December 29, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 6:42 am, Sat Dec 29, 2012.

As the Lodi Rainbow Project met on Dec. 16, we addressed the supportive and unsupportive Letters to the Editor regarding the LRP participation in the Parade of Lights. We also read their comments. This discussion shows us in the LRP that we need to work on acceptance, tolerance, equality and personal growth in the beautiful city of Lodi.

The Lodi Rainbow Project is a catalyst for personal growth, acceptance and equality for LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered) people and their allies in the Lodi area. We meet monthly to discuss ways to improve Lodi and the surrounding areas, not just for the LGBT community but for everyone. We have been working with the city on park clean-ups. We have also donated to the Lodi Adopt-A-Child organization and helped the Downtown Lodi Business Partnership by purchasing a float in the Parade of Lights.

Being in the parade was not to flaunt our sexual orientation, nor was it intended to offend anyone. We wanted to show that we are willing to help Lodi become a better place. This gave us the chance to come together and show the community that we are a group for those who are LGBT or LGBT-friendly. There was nothing out of line with any rule set forth by the DLBP.

While the parade was in progress, members of the LRP did get glares and stares by people, and some chose to yell obscenities at us as we passed. All the while members of the LRP did not react; we smiled and waved, wishing everyone cheer in this holiday season.

We are looking forward to the next year's parade. We also welcome anyone interested in the Lodi Rainbow Project to attend a meeting. We will post the meetings here in the newspaper and online at lodirainbowproject.wordpress.com.

Peace, love, unity and respect is all we ask for.

Brian Ratto


Lodi Rainbow Project

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  • John Lucas posted at 11:20 am on Wed, Jan 2, 2013.

    John Lucas Posts: 2730


  • Sabrina Willis posted at 9:25 pm on Tue, Jan 1, 2013.

    Swillis Posts: 11


  • Sabrina Willis posted at 9:24 pm on Tue, Jan 1, 2013.

    Swillis Posts: 11

    We all pay taxes, so the streets of Lodi are not just YOURS, they are everyone's...

  • Sabrina Willis posted at 9:17 pm on Tue, Jan 1, 2013.

    Swillis Posts: 11

    Are you saying that they are lucky they were not beaten and murdered and ONLY had obscenities yelled at them? Your home must be MESSED UP. Let us pray that none of your children end up LGBT, because we know how you'll deal with them..

  • Doug Chaney posted at 8:56 pm on Sun, Dec 30, 2012.

    advocate Posts: 502

    Mr. Hanner, Simon has banned me from these comments twice in the past for the same comments posted in the Record or SacBee. Why is that? Maybe because I ruffled the feathers of youMarty or one of the good old boys in their hometown paper? I still notice bloggers who use an anonymous name and you still let them blog their right wing fantasies regularly. Do you ever verufy those that are suspect? I find that you, Mr. Hanner or Weybret censor these blogs and Mr. Birch is just another one of your many puppets. Prove me wrong?

  • Walter Chang posted at 7:56 pm on Sun, Dec 30, 2012.

    Walt Posts: 1189

    "Bring it on"


  • Jerome Kinderman posted at 4:47 pm on Sun, Dec 30, 2012.

    Jerome R Kinderman Posts: 2370

    As a paid subscriber to the Lodi News-Sentinel, I believe that this forum should be open to ALL who fill out the application accurately and abide by the Rules of Conduct. To limit contribution to the board would do nothing to enhance discourse but it would likely detract from it.

    As of late I've noticed an uptick in new contributors, something that has been lacking ever since we've been required to post comments using our true names. I was against that move a couple of years ago for the very reason that many would flee - which they did. Now that things are heating up a little (so to speak), perhaps one or more contributors here are fearful of having to respond to those who might oppose them. I say, "Bring it on!"

  • Patrick W Maple posted at 1:19 pm on Sun, Dec 30, 2012.

    Pat Maple Posts: 1805

    I find it interesting that people who do not want to be "labled" in fact lable themselves, ond those with whom they disagree. Why is this? What you do in your home is your business...not mine. But please, don't push it into my home or my space.

  • Walter Chang posted at 9:35 am on Sun, Dec 30, 2012.

    Walt Posts: 1189

    Rich, I think that only PAID SUBSCRIBERS should be allowed to submit letters and post comments here.

    I think that would help immensely with forum decorum!


  • Will Rainwater posted at 5:25 pm on Sat, Dec 29, 2012.

    Will Rainwater Posts: 46

    Rich, I find it hard to believe that you do not think that whether or not the Rainbow club allows minors, after all that has happened regarding this "club", this past year ,is relevant to the debate. If you really believe that kids attending without their parents consent is not newsworthy, then you are derelict as an editor sir!

  • Rich Hanner posted at 5:05 pm on Sat, Dec 29, 2012.

    Richard Hanner Posts: 10 Staff

    Some comments that were reported as inappropriate and off-topic have also been removed.

  • Rich Hanner posted at 4:29 pm on Sat, Dec 29, 2012.

    Richard Hanner Posts: 10 Staff

    I removed a comment regarding Simon Birch, our internet services manager, who has tried mightily to moderate comments here. Simon is restrained and very fair. Moderating comment boards is a truly thankless job, yet Simon remains steadfast and diligent. Please help us by abiding by the rules posted above. Stay on topic and don't fire off petty or personal comments. Thank you.

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 3:46 pm on Sat, Dec 29, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    I think people who perceive the gay lifestyle unacceptable are unacceptable by some .... Intollerence runs live and well in Lodi.

  • Simon Birch posted at 3:12 pm on Sat, Dec 29, 2012.

    Simon Birch - Online Manager Posts: 170 Staff

    No, Will, I think many people find it unacceptable that you attempt to use the alleged actions of one member of an organization to disparage the intentions, goals, motives, etc. of the other members of that organization. For the record: the News-Sentinel did not remove your comment. It was flagged as inappropriate by enough readers to have it automatically removed.

  • Thomas Heuer posted at 2:52 pm on Sat, Dec 29, 2012.

    nth degree wise Posts: 1674

    Mr Rainwaters comment are disgusting and not very neighborly.

  • Andy Crowder posted at 1:56 pm on Sat, Dec 29, 2012.

    Andy Crowder Posts: 245

    I asked that your post be removed, Rainwater. it was disgusting beyond belief and insinuated that members of the Rainbow Project were abusing children.

  • Thomas Heuer posted at 1:47 pm on Sat, Dec 29, 2012.

    nth degree wise Posts: 1674

    Thank you Brian
    There are those who can't see the humanity beyond the blinders they put on regarding their own sexual hangups religious or otherwise. It has been shown over and over that if a group is ostracized by the majority community that through contact and exposure their humanity eventually over comes the prejuudice. There are lots of people that support your acceptance and that's where you can build from. I am confident you will do fine.

  • Will Rainwater posted at 1:44 pm on Sat, Dec 29, 2012.

    Will Rainwater Posts: 46

    It sure seems like the News Sentinel has been taken over by gay activists as of late. Is it me or does there seem to be an exreaordinary number of pro-gay articles in the paper lately? Removing my very legitimate question of whether or not the Rainbow club
    admits minors , and encourages "mentoring" is not encouraging both sides of the debate to have equal say, to say the least.

  • Jien Kaur posted at 12:04 pm on Sat, Dec 29, 2012.

    Jien Kaur Posts: 382

    Mr. Brian I wish you luck in your quest to find "peace love unity and respect' among the Lodi peoples some who even do not have enough respect for themselves to shout obscenities in public events with children present.

    Good luck, Mr. Brian.

  • brian ratto posted at 11:29 am on Sat, Dec 29, 2012.

    brian ratto Posts: 8

    We have invited everyone once and I am here to do that again.
    The Lodi Rainbow Project is meeting January 5, 2012 at the Round Table Pizza in Lodi, ( 2715 Kettleman Lane, Lodi, CA 95242) at 3:30 p.m.
    Everyone is welcome to join us and see what we are really about.
    Peace Love Unity and Respect is all we ask for.

  • John Lucas posted at 9:24 am on Sat, Dec 29, 2012.

    John Lucas Posts: 2730

    it is obvious that this is a hot topic and within a short time the commenting will be stopped. I believe those opposed to the float being in the parade are engaging in bigotry whether religious or otherwise. Anyone can think what they like but that is what I believe. That is the last I will say on the subject because all it leads to is a flame war and gets us nowhere.

  • John Lucas posted at 8:40 am on Sat, Dec 29, 2012.

    John Lucas Posts: 2730

    The fact that you cannot grasp what I am saying makes it no less real

  • Jien Kaur posted at 8:38 am on Sat, Dec 29, 2012.

    Jien Kaur Posts: 382

    Perhaps my understanding of the local use of the English language is incorrect, but I did not read in this letter that this association "insisted" on being in this quaint, local celebration of the holidays, which I myself found to be quite unusual, but colorful.

    The gentleman writing the letter said this association "purchased" a float, by which I interpret he means to paid a fee, to help the downtown peoples group. Does this "fee" is used to pay for future events or community charities? If that is the situation, then the reason said in the letter is for charitable reasons, not "insisting." Again I may be misinterpreting local languages.

    In my home and other countries peoples who openly show that they are what Americans call "gay" are beaten and murdered.

    How lovely may I say that this association was only greeted by civilized peoples of Lodi with "obscenities" for their display of charitable participation in their home community. Some might say America is much more civilized in respect to its "gay" peoples.

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 8:00 am on Sat, Dec 29, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Mr Lucas cannot help himself... how bizarre to ignore what was actually stated... that I think all people should be in the parade, including anyone gay... Mr. Lucas is consistent in inventing his own reality instead of accepting what is actually there.

    Never said anyone should be in any closet... lberalism in motion.

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 3:48 am on Sat, Dec 29, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    For a group claiming it wants to transform Lodi into a city that is more in line with their view of acceptance, tolerance and equality, they have no problem being intolerant of others who do not share their views.

    In my view, they are insisting and demanding that people see things their way by insisting on being in this particular parade.

    I think their strategy of demonstrating kindness and goodness in attempting to make Lodi a better place by taking action to clean parks is a positive direction.

    I think all people should be in the parade, including anyone gay. However, when a float's only reason for being is to bring attention to sexuality, of course some people will be offended in this particular parade.


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