For those who have not read it yet, this is the letter regarding the refusal to raise the trans pride flag sent by the MUMC. It is a matter of public record btw. They say it’s a physical safety issue. I personally don’t by it. You ne the judge.
Ms. Veronika Fimbres,
Thank you again for contacting MUMC with a request regarding the Rainbow Flag maintained by MUMC at Harvey Milk Plaza, Castro at Market Streets in San Francisco. Our previous email correspondence is copied below.
The MUMC Board has thoroughly reviewed, discussed and considered the request, and we appreciate your patience while that was done.
The request is not approved and there will be no change in the Rainbow Flag display on November 20.
We again urge you to review MUMC’s publicly-posted Rainbow Flag policy on MUMC’s website – the direct link is http://castromerchants.com/castro-merchants-flag-po… We especially call your attention to the Policy’s 4th and 5th paragraphs. They strictly limit replacement or modified displays of the Rainbow Flag. The display you request does not fall within the established policy.
We also have recently reviewed the Rainbow Flag policy regarding flag display at lowered or half-mast. We have determined that to do so would jeopardize public safety for pedestrians and passing vehicles, due in part to nearby overhead electric and other utility and transit service wires and to other conditions at the site. We are preparing and soon will publish at the website page, a clarification of MUMC’s published Rainbow Flag policy on this issue.
Nothing in this response to your request should be interpreted as any disrespect for the Transgender Flag, the November 20 Transgender Day of Remembrance, or similar issues. We hope that consistently administering MUMC’s Rainbow Flag policy, in fact, re-enforces the strength, pride and unity of all parts of our community.
MUMC’s Rainbow Flag policy and this decision in no way prevent any group from gathering at Harvey Milk Plaza (subject to City and County of San Francisco and any other applicable rules and regulations) for commemorations and other purposes.
Please also note that we have allowed you to attend the past two monthly MUMC Member Meetings (September 6 and October 4), although you did not make advance arrangements to do so, and your attending did not conform with our policies.
MUMC is a private business and merchants organization. MUMC Meetings are private and open only to current Members and other pre-arranged guests. Our policy regarding Meeting attendance always is published with each monthly Meeting Agenda on the home page of MUMC’s website at www.CastroMerchants.com.
Please note also that issues regarding the Rainbow Flag generally are handled by MUMC’s Board, not at Member Meetings.
We respectfully ask that you do not attend future private MUMC Meetings (unless requested and mutually agreed in advance), and that you and colleagues follow and respect our attendance policy published with Agendas.
We wish you and your colleagues the very best for the Transgender Day of Remembrance, and thank you for understanding, respecting and supporting MUMC’s Rainbow Flag and other policies.
Terry Asten Bennett, President
Merchants of Upper Market & Castro – MUMC
584 Castro Street #333; San Francisco CA 94114-2512
Boycott Cliff’s Variety and other Castro Street Merchants until they right this wrong and fly the Transgender flag on 20 November for the Transgender Day of Remembrance. Transgender men & women and gender variant people have fought alongside, the gay community for equal civil rights since the Stonewall Riots. Many of us Transgender people were or are gay and had our beginnings in the gay community. Why doesn’t the Gay community support the Transgender community? Our blood is more likely to be spilled in anti-LGBT violence than “straight looking” and “straight acting” homosexuals. I’m sick to death of Gay men lumping all FtM MEN in with the lesbians and not treating us like real men. Just because I wasn’t born with a huge cock doesn’t make me less of a man. And just because a transexual woman has a penis, she is not less than any other woman.
BOYCOTT CASTRO STREET MERCHANTS & CLIFF’S VARIETY NOW! HIT ‘EM WHERE IT HURTS. IF THEY WON’T FLY THE FLAG IN SOLIDARITY WITH THE TRANS COMMUNITY, THEN THEY DAMN WELL DON’T DESERVE OUR MONEY! FLY THE TRANSGENDER FLAG ON 20 NOV 2012!!