Don't expect Roger Hines to sashay through Piedmont Park for Atlanta Pride. This former state lawmaker and current grouchy old white man is furious that a college campus is helping Atlanta turn into the San Francisco of the South.
And he's ranting his way through a criticism of Kennesaw State University for hosting LGBT events this month that include a gay history exhibit, theater production and movie screening. Guess he's never been to the school's popular drag show (top photo). Or watched that KSU tennis coach's It Gets Better video.
His rant came Sunday in the Cherokee Tribune.
The action of Kennesaw State University in promoting Gay Pride Month is a slap in the face of the citizens of Cobb, Cherokee, Bartow, and all other counties in the region KSU serves.
For that matter, KSU’s celebration of Gay Pride is an affront to the entire state since the university, the state’s third largest, receives tax money generated by citizens across Georgia. No one who has lived in Georgia for six months could be in doubt about the state’s predominant culture. We aren’t Washington State, and Atlanta isn’t San Francisco either, or not yet.
The former state lawmaker and retired high school teacher goes on and on, cementing his place among the state's fierce lineup of gay haters. At while he's at it, he manages to take a dig at Piedmont, which hosts Atlanta Pride on Oct. 12-13.
Let’s take a look at what that month-long party portends: parades, forums where “sexual equality” is touted, exhibits teaching gay history, coming-out testimonies, probably some well-known speakers who will tell KSU students how backward Georgia is, and most certainly a trek to Piedmont Park for something or another.
KSU isn't shy about its upcoming LGBT events, announcing a history exhibit on the home page of its website and promising that school officials, including President Dan Papp, will attend Thursday's opening.
Jerome Ratchford, vice president of student success, says the university is making a more concerted effort to provide programs aimed at gay students. The GLBTIQ Student Retention Services department is about two years old and is structured in the same way as departments that serve disabled learners or minority students. All departments that serve a certain student population are funded alike — through student fees, tuition and state allocated money.
He says including gay students is a “social justice issue.”
Yet there's Hines (second photo), ranting about it all and joining this other old white guy disturbed by gay Boy Scouts and that “queer” in the White House. And demonstrating again that Georgia will get gay marriage when old people die, especially aging Republicans.
[Cherokee Tribune | Marietta Daily Journal | photo by Sher Pruitt]