I am a longtime Lodian. I have raised my three daughters in this lovely town. We have shopped here, gone to church here, attended school and worked here. We have also attended the Lodi Light Parade for many years. We have chosen to live in Lodi for many reasons, one of which is that Lodi still has a small-town conservative feel with basic family values. But at the Light Parade, I had cause to change my mind.
When I saw the "Rainbow Pride" float go by, I was not only shocked but very disappointed. What exactly does the sexual preference and behaviors of anyone have to do with the celebration of Christmas or city pride? Representing our schools, businesses, churches and community clubs and organizations are one thing, but exploiting sexual behaviors in any form is truly uncalled for.
It's as simple as this: The sexual activities of adults should be kept in the privacy of their own home. What do we have in store for us next year? Naked homosexuals dancing around on the floats? This is what's happening now in the city of our not-too-distant neighbor, San Francisco.
Last time I checked, this was a family event with children present. Since when is it considered good form to flaunt the sexual behaviors of anyone in front of a child, even if they are doing it under the name "Rainbow"? I didn't see the "Heterosexual Pride" float at this event. I have enough self respect and dignity to keep certain things private. What happens in the privacy of my own bedroom, stays in the privacy of my own bedroom. I haven't started a club in order to have the city acknowledge my personal sexual choices. Regardless of what the liberals in this country want to call it, it is still about sexuality.
This was not appropriate. Bad move, Lodi — bad move.