Mylinda Mason and Don Grundmann’s National Straight Pride Coalition are returning to Modesto on 29 August 2020 to hold the Second Annual Stanislaus County Straight Pride Event. Mason and Grundmann’s first Straight Pride Parade was marred with complications and family drama.
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“Come on out on June 20th. 9am - 3:30pm General Boykin of “Black Hawk Down” fame, and a founding member of Delta Force will be our morning speaker,” reads Calvary Chapel Sonora’s event page (archive) for its annual ‘Tent Days in the Last Days,’ a festival that combines sermons and sharpshooting competitions.
The event garnered local controversy because Boykin is a top administrator in an SPLC-designated hate group called the Family Research Council, has spent years campaigning against LGBTQ+ rights and an even longer time vilifying Muslims. Boykin is also likely guilty of war crimes–he had a long career with the U.S. military including being Deputy Undersecretary of Defense during the illegal U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq in 2003.
A coalition of local activists is organizing a counter-protest.