Mississippi Town Reverses On Pride Parade Ban [VIDEO]

CBS News reports:

Starkville aldermen vote to allow Starkville Pride to hold a pride parade. The vote passed 3-3 with 1 abstention. Mayor Spruill was forced to break the tie. Ward 3 Alderman, David Little, chose to abstain, while Perkins, Vaughn and Carver voted against. Aldermen Sandra Sistrunk, Jason Walker and Patrick Miller voted in favor of the parade.

The controversial vote to deny a request to hold a Starkville Pride Parade was reconsidered tonight, two weeks after voting down the request for a pride parade. Since that vote, a federal lawsuit was filed seeking to get the board to overturn its ruling, or have a judge issue an injunction allowing the parade to take place on March 24th.

  • Tulle Christensen

    Well they saved themselves a lot of cash on both the plaintiffs and defendants lawyers

  • Rex

    Nothing like a lawsuit to “enlighten” people’s thinking.

    • BobSF_94117

      Lightening their wallets does that quite often.

  • Bambino

    March 24th also is March for Lives day. I doubt the opponents can tell the difference.

  • SoCalVet

    everybody knows about mississippi goddam

  • GayOldLady

    Typical small Southern town, still believing they can keep their town and their citizens in the 1950’s. Thankfully the Mississippi State students in Starkville won’t allow them to live in the past any longer. This is really a big step for small town Southern U.S.

  • StraightGrandmother

    My overall reaction is sadness. Sadness that in 2018 some people still have to fight for the right to have a simple parade. I am happy they were able to change the votes so it is a win, I’m happy for them. However I’m sad that this still exists in America much less around the world.

    • GayOldLady

      Small towns all over the South are still battling to get into the 21st Century. I see this as a huge victory for the youth and young adults of Mississippi.

      • fuow

        Twenty-first? How about getting past 1857? Beyond words evil.

      • MikeinATL

        FIFY: “Small towns all over the South are still battling to get into the 19th Century. “

      • Gustav2

        Not just in the South, many in the Midwest have the same problem.

        • John30013

          Even in my birth state of New York there are backwards small towns. I don’t think any part of the country is immune from ignorance and bigotry.

      • Jerry Kott

        Not just in the South. There are still communities all over this nation where harassing LGBT folks is an accepted past time.

      • HozillaSmallpox

        I live in one of those small towns in the south. Things are getting a little bit better but still……..I’m happy they reversed the decision but sad that it has to be such a challenge

        • GayOldLady

          On the day marriage equality passed my small town courthouse closed their offices because they feared having to issue Marriage licenses to gay people. By the following Monday they had opened their doors, but weren’t issuing marriage licenses to anyone. Finally they decided to issue marriage licenses later in the week, but the Judges quit performing marriage ceremonies. My wife and I went to the State Capital to get our marriage license. We wanted to get married there too, but we couldn’t because there was a waiting list because so many gay couples were waiting to get married that it created a backlog. Since all of the Judges in surrounding towns had decided to stop marriage ceremonies in a silly attempt to keep LGBT folks from marrying, we took a trip to a nearby vacation spot to exchange vows. No one should have to jump through hoops the way we did to simply get married. I suppose it was like that in small towns all over the U.S.

          • John30013

            Fortunately in our small Georgia town the probate court judge and his wife are good friends and customers at our antique stores in town. We had no problem getting our marriage license. But things are slow to change here.

          • GayOldLady

            I’m glad you had a friend on the inside. I’m not sure even that would have helped here because they literally closed the office and didn’t open it back up until the following week, mid-week. I know couples are getting their marriage licenses now in my County, but there isn’t a single judge in our county or most of the surrounding counties who will perform a same sex marriage, or any marriage since marriage equality. That’s really a stupid decision because we’re going to get married somewhere and they’re not stopping us.

          • John30013

            Right with you on the “stupid” part. All those couples going somewhere else to get married are taking their money with them. Local businesses lose when discrimination reigns.

          • GayOldLady

            We ended up going to a Wedding Chapel in Gatlinburg, TN in the Smoky Mountains. I know a lot of people who had to travel to tourist spots to get married because no one local would marry them. If we could have been married in our home town we would have invited people to attend. We would have spent some money and locals would have made some money, but they wouldn’t and we didn’t.

          • HozillaSmallpox

            Wow. That is a shame that you had that experience. We only have one person in my county that will officiate a ceremony but that is better than no one. It seems like we take one step forward and six steps back.

      • StraightGrandmother

        I’m so tired of all the City Council and County Board votes, that ppl who are LGBT still have to plead. Remember Houston, remember Charlotte, remember Minnesota, remember New York State, remember Illinois, remember HAWAII, remember oh so many of them, and still the battle is not won, the fight goes on. And so in March of 2018 here we are again in Starkville Mississippi still having to plead. It’s not that I’m sick of it, although I am, it is just that I am tired of it, very tired. Can’t this be over? Maybe more importantly, why isn’t this over by now?

        • GayOldLady

          “Maybe more importantly, why isn’t this over by now?”

          I’m in my 70’s and I know I will not live long enough to see the end of this. Is there such a thing as an end to prejudice and bigotry? As long as the Evangelicals have such a strangle hold over small communities, it will be a fight. At least now they know they cannot beat us in a court of law, so they are forced to reluctantly submit. Even though we had to twist their arm in Starkville to force them to allow this Pride March, the positive effect is, the more they see us OUT, living our lives in the open and unafraid, the more they acclimate to our presence and realize we are no threat to them. All we want is justice and the parity in the law that we deserve as citizens and that costs them nothing.

          • StraightGrandmother

            the more they see us OUT, living our lives in the open and unafraid, the more they acclimate to our presence and realize we are no threat to them.

            Simply stated but very profound.

          • Nic Peterson

            A wonderful man in a dress said exactly that to me over 30 years ago. He turned out to be a mentor and life long friend. What was truth then, remains true to this day.

          • Jerry Kott

            To much of the opposition of full Equality, their bias and bigotry is the only thing that gives them value.

          • Amanda B. Rekendwith

            …the more they see us OUT, living our lives in the open and unafraid, the more they acclimate to our presence and realize we are no threat to them.

            Pity this cannot be said about themselves.

          • GayOldLady

            Ditto that!

          • killreligion

            I’m sorry GOL, you are valiant but the fact is men

            men need a closet. I can’t speak for women but I know male sexuality is more fluid than society demands so they will always need to create a stigma so those that want to hide have an excuse

            In times of true openness about human sexuality there was no stigma-the prejudice is not natural. Expecting everyone to be 100% straight or gay is unrealistic. Religion and society have leveraged this forever.

          • GayOldLady

            I think you’re correct about sexuality being fluid in both men and women.

          • Adam Schmidt

            I’m in my 40’s and I know I won’t live to see the end of this. Slavery ended 150 years ago and yet we’re still fighting to make it so people of color can drive down the street without being harassed and shot by cops. Women got the vote a hundred years ago and we’re still fighting to get women paid the same amount as a man doing the same job. We’re still fighting to let women control their own bodies and to not be sexually harassed in the workplace.

            Legal recognition of SSM in the U.S. is only years old… we’ll be fighting this for generations sadly.

          • GayOldLady

            Every word you write is true. It’s sad that we can’t break the grip of our oppressors.

          • Adam Schmidt

            It does actually get better. There used to be signs up “No Dogs or Irish Allowed”. Wasn’t that long ago where you couldn’t be elected President if you were Catholic There’s all sorts of relics of the past that are safely staying in the past like “whites only” water fountains and men’s only social clubs and no-blacks allowed golf tournaments and so on.

            I just mean that it won’t happen quick and there will be lingering pockets of dumbasses for a long time. Good news is that we’ve advanced things SO much faster than any other group has been able to that they’re trying to learn from us and repeat our successes.

          • GayOldLady

            Yep. It’s much better than the 50’s and 60’s when we got put in jail or the psychiatric hospital for being LGBT. It’s much better than it was in the 70’s when we could lose our children, our job, our home for coming out. I came out to my family in the 70’s and they almost unanimously rejected me. It’s much better than the 80’s when we were in the middle of the HIV/AIDS epidemic and our government refused to help us. It’s much better than the 90’s when we were marching for our freedoms while people spit on us from the sidewalks. It’s much better in the 21st Century even though everything we’ve won is at stake in every State Legislature. But it’s better.

        • Jerry Kott

          In Pennsylvania, we still can’t get reported bullet holes in our property investigated. We believe the police know whose finger was on the trigger and are complicit by their indifference.
          Not ready to sing Kumbaya.

        • Bambino

          After India, US is the next biggest democratic country in the world. However, far less people are educated about how democracy work. So many are indifferent to participating in the process of forming the government within their local community let alone coming out to vote in the presidential race every 4 years. From local school boards, town council, sheriffs, judges to mayors. Many are too preoccupy in making a living and raising families to care about politics. What they see as nuisance becomes an opportunity for corporations, entities and individuals to seize power of control and money making.

        • Nic Peterson

          Why isn’t it over? Because ignorance, prejudice and fear go hand in hand. Because this kind of bigotry is acceptable within these communities. Because the people that would express these views have spent their entire lives thinking they were the center of the universe and have come to find themselves somehow lacking. We could go on and on….

          There may not be many more battles of this kind, but we must continue the fight. We will do it for the three percent of the population that will see us and identify. Hopefully inspiring them to live their lives authentically, as we have.

      • stanhope

        As a Southerner, i must challenge you on the implication this is only in the South…it is not.

        • GayOldLady

          It wasn’t my intent to imply that. I’ve never lived anywhere but the South. I was speaking from my own personal experiences. If you notice in the thread other commenters made it clear that it isn’t just in the South and I upvoted every one of them. This particular article is about Mississippi, which is the most backward State in the Union and also a Southern State. It’s failure to launch into the 21st Century is followed quickly by every other Southern State and some of the Red States in the Mid West and west. I understand it’s a problem in many places, but I’ve spent all of my life in the South. No need to take offense.

        • killreligion

          It’s likely sporadic based on politics and society but surely worse in the south/Bible Belt. The blue haired ladies in my fairly conservative town of a few thousand were happy to see us, apologized about hand written changes to the form and informed us they had reached out to the AG for training

          Tiny town in the hills, hours from any city and stuffed with papists. We didn’t expect this.

    • Jerry Kott

      You would be surprised how often this exist. When people show their hands and can stay out of the limelight they are not your ally. Many miss the good old days when berating LGBT people was like shooting fish in a barrel was a past time .

      We aren’t there yet

    • ColdCountry

      There will always be small minded and frightened people in the world, especially in small communities everywhere. What makes me beyond sad – all the way to furious – is what Ben Carson just did to the HUD mission statement. That was a huge mess of self-loathing, and I’m not even sure it was legal.

      • StraightGrandmother

        Yeah Ben Carson, (shakes head). I think he must be an idiot savant or something. Let me tell you a story about doctors though.

        They go to school and then residency and they live in a very intense bubble where they have blinders on to everything (almost) except their profession. Not all certainly, but many can turn out to be kind of emotionally stunted. I do think Ben Carson is emotionally stunted.

        • David L. Caster

          Maybe, but he certainly is an intellectual runt.

        • Amanda B. Rekendwith

          I think he must be an idiot savant or something.

          So very true.

    • Strepsi

      YES. And next time some clueless tool says “Why do you people need a parade?” I’ll shove this article under their nose before kicking them in the crotch.

  • Welcome to the 1970s.

  • fuow

    And this, my dears, is why the rest of Dixie really, truly, honestly mean it when they say: Thank God for Mississippi!

  • Wynter Marie Starr

    Do they allow the KKK to march? I somehow don’t think they’d have a problem with them. Liberals and straight allies, take note of the people that voted no for gay pride and boot them the hell out of office if possible.

    • Acronym Jim

      Preferably with musical accompaniment.


      • Wynter Marie Starr

        That’s hysterical.

      • greenmanTN

        “This is what stupid looks like.”

        • Acronym Jim

          You’ve got to love the universal language of music.

      • TexasBoy

        Who doesn’t love a tuba solo?

      • Librarykid

        Was Wagner’s “Ride” played in memory of his antisemitism or in tribute to his Wagnertuben by the tuba player?

  • Bluto

    I’m so fucking fed up with fucking bigoted assholes. Fuckers.

    • Gustav2

      Good Gawd Bluto, do you think you are a citizen or something? /s

      • Bluto

        Yeah, believing we’re human deserving of equal rights. The fucking nerve of me. /ss

        • greenmanTN

          Y-y-you fiend! Believing you have rights and all. I’m telling your mother! 😉

  • Jefe5084

    are the gay pride parades the next venue for mass murdering by white supremacists and bigots? Wear your kevlar vests and helmets and pants. That’s my opinion on how low US is. But there are always T ann Ps on the other side.

    Who? Me, cynical? And Snarky?

  • Mark McGovern

    Parades suddenly become more important than ever in USA.

  • jayjonson

    Dammit. I wish the bastards had stuck to their guns so that Roberta Kaplan could have taught them something about the Constitution of the United States and also made them pay her a bucketload of money for doing so. Why do these homophobic ignoramuses hate the United States of America?

    • Michael White


  • Jack

    Who doesn’t love a parade?

    • MBear

      christians, apparently

      • Jean-Marc in Canada

        Oh, they love parades, if it involves guns, tanks, missiles….

  • JT

    Small communities with lots of bigoted people who don’t want to think about their attitudes and only talk to each other.


    Population: 25,570 (2016)

  • Phil2u

    But, but….. Jeezus !

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      …was a drag queen and it’s time the Christers accepted that. I mean really, long hair, gowns and 12 men? Who’s kidding who?

      • trouble94114

        I guess sequins and silk aren’t “clothing woven of two kinds of material”, so I guess she’s good with Leviticus 19:19

  • 🐾vorpal🐾

    Take that, Christers.
    It couldn’t be more transparently clear at this point that your god plays favourites, and he likes us a hell of a lot more than he likes you.

  • TexasBoy

    I guess the town council, a town of 26,000, ciphered up the possible cost of defendin’ in federal court, with Jethro’s help

    • JW Swift

      Had to take off their shoes, no doubt.

  • liondon#iamnotatraitor

    Those moes are on the front line.

  • Richard K

    Big changes most often occur in small steps. Maybe this is the beginning of big changes for LGBT folks in Mississippi.

  • Mike Knife

    The male body was made for a male body, get over it and stop being so fixated on gays, all of you anti-gay Christian psychos.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    No matter where, no matter when, always stand up and be counted. So very proud of these people for not simply rolling over. Well done, well done indeed.

  • Hank

    Still relevant today!!!
    Why Phil Ochs is the obscure ’60s folk singer America needs in 2017

    Phil Ochs – Here’s to the State of Misssippi

  • JWC

    In the gay world it is and always will be a struggle We have made fantastic strides since the 70’s This is evidence of another struggle that was successful Slowly the light will shine in every dark corner

  • Kevin Andrews

    Strawberry Red…

  • GanymedeRenard

    At last! It’s refreshing to see an LGBT-related story in an ocean of Trump-centered ones!

  • KnownDonorDad

    Voting against gay stuff is SO 2004.

  • Artsy

    If you are gay and live in Ole Miss, GET OUT! Why stay in a place that mostly does not want you?

    • trouble94114

      University of Mississippi (Ole Miss)- Oxford, MS
      Mississippi State – Starkville

      But you are correct, Mississippi is Mississippi…

  • Puck

    The ass in the video,that was against it couldn’t stand still had to keep shifting cause he was nervous his friends and coworkers might see him being a stupid dick. Anatomy not morality is why he was against it!