Meet Ted Hickman. He’s the vice mayor of Dixon, California (pop. 19,806). For now.
Hickman is currently facing a recall effort after publishing a homophobic column in his local newspaper the Independent Voice where he called gay people “tinker bells” and “fairies” and suggested July be declared “Straight Pride American Month.”
“Last Sunday ended LGBTQF-WTF month Yea! (*Don’t get me wrong I support the First Amendment, as much as the next person, and support the rights of grown men to wear skin tight short-shorts and go-go boots and don tinker bell wings with wand and prance down the streets of San Francisco) with tens of thousands of folks dancing and prancing all over American celebrating the fact they are different than most of the rest of us and showing their “pride” in being so.”
Hickman went on to say that not it was time for “healthy, heterosexual, fairly monogamous” people to celebrate their Pride.
“Now hundreds of millions of the rest of us can celebrate our month, peaking on July 4th, as healthy, heterosexual, fairly monogamous, keep our kinky stuff to ourselves, Americans,” he wrote. “We do it with our parades in every state and county in this country with families celebrating together.”
He continued: “We honor our country and our veterans who have made all of this possible (including for the tinker bells) and we can do it with actual real pride, not some put on show just to help our inferior complex “show we are different” type of crap. We ARE different from them…”
Hickman then proceeds to list all the ways in which straight people are different (and better) than gay people, writing: “We work, have families, (and babies we make) enjoy and love the company (and marriage) of the opposite sex and don’t flaunt our differences dressing up like faries and prancing by the thousands in a parade in nearby San Francisco to be televised all over the world…”
The conservative lawmaker ended his column with a really bad attempt at a joke:
“*And yes, before it becomes an issue, I do believe in faries; I’ve seen them in SF for myself. Let’s see if I can remember the Peter Pan story about believing in faries…oh yeal, so according to “Wikipedia” faries are powered “bypiezoelectric” crystals which can be energized by sound waves like made by clapping. So, right now if you don’t want any faries to expire, you can clap your hands. See, I do have a heart I just can’t type and clap at the same time… so I had to make a hard choice didn’t I?”
In an interview with the Sacramento Bee, Hickman defended the column, saying: “It was tongue-in-cheek and had nothing to do with my elected position [and that] thin-skinned people took offense.”
In a separate interview with the Reporter, Hickman said: “Don’t like what I write, don’t read it.”
Nevertheless, a protest has been planned to happen at Dixon City Council’s next meeting on July 10 and a Recall Ted Hickman Facebook page was created over the weekend.
“We believe bigotry has no place in public office in the State of California,” a post on the page reads. “We will see you soon, and many times, Hickman. We look forward to filing the petition for your recall.”