Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Spinning Donuts on a Striped Road

A rainbow ground mural in St. Petersburg, Florida has been defaced for the second time in just a week. This time, someone was caught spinning donuts over it on security camera footage.

People became aware of the mural being defaced last Friday when they received a call about tire marks covering it. The mural was just repainted earlier this month ahead of Pride Month celebrations. ...

St. Petersburg Mayor Ken Welch said in a statement, “In light of the recent vandalism targeting our Progressive Pride flag mural, I want to emphasize that there is no place for hate in St. Petersburg.

There are a lot of rainbow/pride flags, but the mayor says this is a progressive pride flag. A lot of people do not know what this symbolizes:
While retaining the common six-stripe rainbow design as a base, the "Progress" variation adds a chevron along the hoist that features black, brown, light blue, pink, and white stripes to bring those communities (marginalized people of color, trans people, and those living with HIV/AIDS and those who have been lost) to the forefront; "the arrow points to the right to show forward movement, while being along the left edge shows that progress still needs to be made."
In other words, it symbolizes queer and colored people taking over the world from straight Whites.

Meanwhile, the Pope has had to apologize:

ROME — Pope Francis on Tuesday issued a rare apology after he was accused of using a highly pejorative slur to refer to gay men in a closed-door session with bishops last week.

More than 200 bishops were gathered in a Vatican City auditorium, and Francis was reiterating his opposition to gay men studying for the priesthood. In seminaries today, Francis reportedly said, there is already too much “frociaggine.”

It was possible, the official said, that Francis was not “aware” of the extent of the word’s negative connotation: “His ‘who am I to judge’ stance remains” the pope’s position, the official said.

A second Vatican official familiar with the pope’s private conversations, who also spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss a sensitive issue, said the pontiff has used the word “frociaggine” on previous occasions — not as a catchall for homosexual men, but for anyone, gay or straight, who forms closed, gossipy cliques.

Apparently we have gotten to the point where even the Pope cannot speak freely in a private conversation about student priests.

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