A proposed "Straight Pride" event in the city of Modesto, Calif., about 100 miles east of San Francisco, may have gone off the rails after its organizer admitted the people behind the event are a "totally peaceful racist group."
Don Grundmann, an antigay chiropractor from the San Francisco Bay Area, was loudly berating the Modesto City Council when the shocking statement was uttered on Wednesday. Grundmann accused the council of pulling "the race card" against the event's organizers, saying, "You pulled the race card to pull in attacks against us, to justify attacks against us in that park, and when they come you're going to turn right around and say we deserved it. We haven't done anything, we’re a totally peaceful racist group." (Watch the video below.)
The council chambers erupted in applause and laughter, with one of the council members guffawing and covering her face.
"He said it!" screamed a member of the audience, according to NBC News.
It's not clear if Grundmann's utterance was an admission or a slip of the tongue. The longtime LGBTQ rights foe turned to the crowd and proclaimed he was a member of the Whites Against Racism alliance. He then pivoted ineffectively to Planned Parenthood, claiming the health organization was racist, not him.
Another speaker at the council meeting was Matthew Mason, the gay son of a different Straight Pride organizer, Mylinda Mason. The younger Mason told NBC News his estranged mother is a homophobic racist who homeschooled him in "white slavery." Mylinda Mason's history lessons ignored "the genocide, slavery, and white nationalism that built [America]," he said.
Modesto's Straight Pride is currently scheduled for Saturday, August 24. A similar event is planned for Boston on August 31.