The organizer of a "straight pride" rally in Modesto, California, said on Saturday that his group had continued to fight for their cause despite being outnumbered by counter-demonstrators.
"That does not change the truth of our message," said Don Grundmann, 67, founder of the National Straight Pride Coalition, opposite Modesto Bee's gender roles.
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"They talk about diversity and attack us," Grundmann said of his critics. "The so-called diversity and tolerance is a one-way street."
"They talk about diversity and attack us. The so-called diversity and tolerance is a one-way street.
According to FOX 40 of Sacramento, the number of counter-demonstrators was around 200, and the local police tweeted both The sides remained peaceful.
Opponents, including some city officials, claimed that Grundmann and his followers were trying to spread a message of intolerance to the LGBTQ community and other minority groups.
"For every step someone takes to come and share our community, spread hate, spread bigotry, so many people are on guard to make sure it does not happen – with thousands more," said Mani Grewal, Modesto City Council, told the crowd of opponents and called this group applause to the Bee.
The event was almost non-existent, as organizers Grundmann and longtime girlfriend Mylinda Mason encountered some obstacles on the way.
Earlier in the month city officials refused to attend FOX 40 reported that the request to hold the rally in a city park had been denied because the group's liability insurance had been canceled, the bee said they did not quite understand why they were involved.
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I had no idea it would end like this, "Durrer told the Bee. "I trusted this person with all my heart because I did not think they had a bad bone in them. Perhaps it is a really good lesson for me to better examine things in the future.
He told the newspaper that he had stopped the rally after two people claimed that demonstrators could appear, the bee reported.