Pride Organizers Ban Uniformed Officers From Annual Parade

Sacramento Police Officer Jeff Kuhlmann, who is gay, said he was shocked to learn he will not be allowed to participate.

Sacramento, CA – Organizers of the Sacramento Pride events have banned uniformed law enforcement officers from participating in this year's annual festival and parade, because they claim police make citizens feel uncomfortable.

Sacramento Police Officer Jeff Kuhlmann, who is gay, said that he was shocked to learn that he and his colleagues were not welcome at the Pride events, KCRA reported.

“People said that they’re not comfortable with officers in uniform,” Officer Kuhlmann told the news outlet. “That’s one of the things that we’re trying to fix. We want to make sure people are comfortable walking up to a police officer when they see them in a police uniform.”

The 15-year veteran-of-the-force became a symbol of marriage equality in 2015, when his photo appeared in Time magazine, KTXL reported.

Sacramento LGBT Center Executive Director David Heitstuman argued that Pride was founded five decades ago as part of the “original Stonewall riots, which was an uprising against police brutality.”

"Not everyone feels safe in the presence of uniforms," Heitstuman said.

“There is a lot of unrest in our community right now,” he told KCRA. “There’s not a lot of trust in police institutions. Not just in the LGBTQ community, but certainly in the black community and other communities of color. Those folks are also marginalized in our community.”

But Officer Kuhlmann said that banning uniformed law enforcement officers from the celebration is a step back.

“I’ve been to too many Pride events in the past where I’ve been in the uniform and been able to be part of those events where I can express who I am as a police officer for my city,” he told KCRA. “I would like to be able to continue that.”

On May 29, Sacramento Police Chief Daniel Hahn and approximately 10 officers met with LGBT Center board members and Heitstuman to discuss the issue, but nothing much was accomplished, KTXL reported.

"I think all of us walked away from that meeting feeling disappointed," Officer Kuhlmann said.

Heitstuman said that uniformed law enforcement officers may be able to participate in Pride events in the future, but that they need to do more to rebuild trust in the community first, KCRA reported.

Officer Kuhlmann argued that allowing them to participate in the parade and festival would do just that.

In January, Pride organizers also banned uniformed law enforcement officers from taking place in such events in Toronto.

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LunaMay
LunaMay

Well, don't cry for help when shit goes wrong.

Gerne
Gerne

The police today are hot tempered, hair trigger thugs. Keep them away whenever possible. If someone releases a loud burp they fear for their life and start blasting. The police are not your friend. You'd be better off trusting a crawling infant with a starving alligator than trusting the police.

Casey97
Casey97

So discrimination is okay if you are a member of a "special" group. Wrong snowflakes, ALL discrimination is wrong, regardless. The police have job to do, and the majority do it very well.

BLUE LIVES MATTER!!!

Deenz
Deenz

If ANYONE tried to ban a LGBTQ...... supporter or parade participant for sporting their rainbow flags from a PUBLIC event because those rainbows made them feel some kind of way, there would be chaos in the streets and on MSM. How is THIS not considered discrimination?? And, being that the parade is in public, I don’t think they CAN ban them.

rix is retired
rix is retired

they wont be calling,, cuz the same recording will be sounding....Poor me,, they wont come out when we call,,, but we dont want them around at ANY other times.

Thinblueline
Thinblueline

An inclusive bunch those LGBT...what he should do is show up in uniform and March and just say he identifies as a unicorn or something and he should be ok.

Thinblueline
Thinblueline

I also certainly hope that the cops will not be providing protection, route planning, lost children..etc. services for this event.

bronx163
bronx163

Such bs this lgbt stuff. Fine. You’re gay your gay. Is what it is. Remember you ban the very pwople who were actively charging into harms way in florida gay club shooting. So these retards want to do reverse racism fuck em. Never attack the

Sheepdog who keeps the common folk from being slaughtered sheep.

One day, i say. One day. Just One day w/o the police and this country will look like Somalia on steroids.

Morgan Ray
Morgan Ray

Is the pride parade held on city property?

sanman899
sanman899

But but but I thought they were the TOLERANT ones!!! NOT!!!

tfort
tfort

Just leave the uniform at home go as yourself. The uniform isn’t who you are.

RPG156
RPG156

One would think that the gay community would embrace any outreach attempt by the police department. Inclusivity or exclusivity? They seem to want to be segregated as if that is going to improve relations with the police or community. Whatever.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Police have historically done a lot to persecute gay people in America. This article glosses over that.

Buzz17
Buzz17

Has anyone else realized that all these "victim" groups have a lot to lose if they're "accepted" by everyone in the world?? Then, they're just one of the crowd, just like all the rest of us who get no special privileges or parades to "celebrate" our sexuality, etc. However, when something goes wrong at this event, they'll be the ones screaming "discrimination" "we're victims" crappola. Sorry, but we need to push unity, not diversity!

Ziggy848
Ziggy848

Don't issue a permit for the Public Parade, Problem solved!!!

Zpwjs
Zpwjs

Sooo since your special you can discriminate against one of your own. What a bunch of damn Hippocrates.

Bill d
Bill d

And when something bad happens these same gays will sue the city for not protecting them.

Ladyfluterby
Ladyfluterby

Of course it's here in Sacramento. This is the city of hypocrites. These people are really good at demanding inclusiveness while they sit back on the a**es and discriminate, even their own because the don't like LEO's.

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

I hate to say this but these LGBTQ people, are being overly “entitled” by marking stupid statements as such. As I said before, we don’t have a “I’m straight” parade nor do we throw it in the faces of others as these “pride” folks do. Before you haters who will call me “racist” or “discrimination driven” or whatever, I’m going to say o don’t give a fuck what you like to do as a lifestyle, in your spare time, or in your own home. What I do care about is when people who cry about being discriminated against, showing discrimination towards others. Especially police Officers. Trust me LGBTQ, there are a a lot more people out there who you need to be afraid of that will hurt or even kill you just because you want to flaunt your flag around and hold hands as you walk the streets, and the police are the last to do that. The police are the only ones who will actually protect you “pride” people. Remember that before you try to jump on the “We hate the police too” bandwagon.

DarrellB
DarrellB

NO, NO, NO. You MUST be ALL-INCLUSIVE. You must immediately ban ALL "Village People" costumes or any reference to the Village People. THEY ALL wore uniforms and that would offend. Fair is fair ! ! ! ! ! ! !

NickyJ
NickyJ

Good grief. There was a time when the uniform was respected. Now the lazy sheep will jump on anything that has to do with authority. These fools make me sick

Blurr
Blurr

The whole thing is sick. Damn Police dept. shouldn’t even allow him to be involved in their sick behavior....AaaaUuuuuGgggg😡

bob95648
bob95648

Same old story. The sheep hate the sheepdog because he reminds them of the wolf. He reminds them that there are wolves... And they prefer to pretend that wolves don't exist.

Gap Filler
Gap Filler

Frankly, I like cops and support them, always have, always will. I detest criminals and what they've done to society and how people feel they have to live in fear because of them, that's not so! I in no way subscribe to this lifestyle choice but applaud the gay community's right to choose hell over heaven, it is, after all, a right guaranteed them under our 1st Amendment which was brought to us by men, mostly driven by a desire not only to get out from under an oppressive government but to please a Sovereign Creator God in which most believed.

Grandmoi
Grandmoi

In order to be accepted by the progressive far left screamers...you must:1. be gay or praise being gay and demonize those who aren't and don't. 2. be pro-abortion , praise abortion, and demonize those who aren't and don't...3. be anti-police..praise hatred of the police and demonize those who aren't and don't. 4. be against all American traditions...praise the revisionist history and demonize those who arent and don't. 5. be for open borders..praise unrestricted influx of illegals and demonize those who arent and don't..6. be against Christianity...praise every effort to destroy Christians and their beliefs..demonize those who aren't and don't. ...if you carefully worship these 6 tenets, you are guaranteed total inclusion into the far left society .....better get started ...