Donna Deegan defends Jacksonville Pride parade appearance after GOP attacks
Image via City of Jacksonville/Melissa Ross.

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The Mayor's Office said the parade saw 'people and families coming together to celebrate the beautiful mosaic that is Jacksonville.'

Jacksonville’s Mayor is responding to criticisms from the local Republican Party for her decision to participate in this weekend’s Pride Parade.

Democrat Donna Deegan, the first Mayor to attend Pride, was the Grand Marshal of the event. And her spokesperson is defending her attendance.

“Mayor Deegan attended the River City Pride Parade to show her support for our LGBTQ+ community and commitment to diversity and inclusion. During her participation, she did not see any of the items that were alleged to have been present. What she did witness is people and families coming together to celebrate the beautiful mosaic that is Jacksonville,” said Phil Perry on Monday.

The statement from the Mayor’s Office comes after the right-wing Florida’s Voice blog reported that “condoms were thrown” at children at the event, though the reporter was not sure who threw them.

In the wake of that report, Duval GOP Chairman Dean Black, a current state legislator, is objecting to Deegan’s participation — and is suggesting that “legislation” might be necessary to “prevent this from happening again.”

“We are disturbed and disgusted to see the Mayor’s participation as the Grand Marshal at an alleged ‘family-friendly’ event where sex toys were displayed and condoms were handed out to children,” Black said Monday.

“At best, it is beneath the dignity of the office of Mayor to attend events that seek to push sex on our children. At worst, it is morally repugnant for *any* person, let alone the Mayor, to be endorsing or supporting such behavior.”

“We call on our elected representatives to take further steps to prevent this from happening again. It should not take legislation to enforce this commonsense principle: stop sexualizing our children,” Black added. “Further, we call on Mayor Deegan to condemn and disavow this conduct, as well as give assurances that she will not continue to use her office to embarrass our city and disrespect parents.”

A.G. Gancarski

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  • PeterH

    October 9, 2023 at 12:38 pm

    Republicans are for personal choice, first Amendment rights and freedom to associate….

    …….UNTIL THEY ARE NOT. Stay disgusted Dean Black ….let us know if you need directions to the GQP crying room.

  • Ewe

    October 9, 2023 at 4:13 pm

    Put your dirty mind back into a hole Dean Black. . Lgbt people are not looking for the approval or permission of kooky Dean Black or any other ignorant crackpot like him.

    • Earl Pitts American

      October 9, 2023 at 9:46 pm

      Whatever ‘Ole Dean Black said or did is likely irrelevant to all men everywere when they gaze upon the curvy backside of D. D. that Hot MlLF sitting in back of tjat convertable.
      Earl Has Spoken! EPA

      • Rick Whitaker

        October 12, 2023 at 6:06 am

        warning ⚠ TROLL COMMENT

  • Mr Loomer Jomes

    October 9, 2023 at 6:06 pm

    Dean Black has made a mess of the Duval GOP and should resign immediately..

    He’s an embarrassment to the GOP.

    • Rick Whitaker

      October 12, 2023 at 3:39 pm

      nothing is an embarrassment to the gop, that’s the problem

  • Sickness gone wild

    October 9, 2023 at 7:42 pm

    These are Deegan’s people. She has to be there supporting their Godless actions. And the parents there with their children are sick as well. Surprised Deegan was not at the courthouse supporting Palestine, they are her people too. Dean Black is 100% right about Deegan. Lets make legislation to stop this sickness.

    • ArmedLeftistSRA

      October 10, 2023 at 4:46 am

      The sickness affecting this country is fascist fundamentalist Christians, and the sooner we operate, the better chance we have of saving the patient

    • Phil Morton

      October 10, 2023 at 5:14 am

      Dean Black is definitely a sickness gone wild. We plan to change that next year.

      • the Truth

        October 10, 2023 at 6:41 am

        Phil, you are stupid, Dean will win very very easily. With all this perversion from the left, we nee strong Conservatives like Dean Black.

        • Rick Whitaker

          October 12, 2023 at 3:59 pm

          just what is a ” strong conservative ” ? is it a maga cultist or a never trumper. a never trumper has opposite opinions to mine, i can handle that, but a maga cultist, no, i can’t handle that level of racism, homophobia, lying , cruelty, hatred, gun mongering, and so on and on and on. maga cultist are just that, cultist with minds locked down tight. i’m a financial conservative, i hate waste, lies, greed, elitism, nepotism, corporate anti- consumerism, profiteering in schools, military, corrections, healthcare, and criminals that think they are above the law. if you are a maga cultist i’m referring to you, if you are a never trumper, well, it depends on your policies . judging from your comment, you don’t believe in the constitution and are homophobic

    • Rick Whitaker

      October 12, 2023 at 6:10 am

      so you claim to know what god wants. wow, i’m amazed, tell me more. does god want homophobia? i better watch what i say, you will want to deprogram me.

    • Rick Whitaker

      October 12, 2023 at 4:18 pm

      well your name fits, ” sickness gone wild “

  • Sonja Fitch

    October 10, 2023 at 1:23 pm

    Everything I have learned says that we are all different ! In a small town in SC Every person was respected! From the Giant to the midgets to the albino child! Hush !thank you Donna Deegan !

  • tom palmer

    October 11, 2023 at 9:38 am

    She represents all of the residents in Jacksonville, not just some of them. I guess the GOP disagrees with this.

  • Michael K

    October 11, 2023 at 8:49 pm

    What is the matter with these people and their fixations? Why do LGBTQ people get them so worked up? LGBTQ people are found in every walk oof life. The mayor is inclusive – good for her. We need more people like her.

    • sodomites

      October 12, 2023 at 2:53 pm

      we are not talking about people being Gay, we are saying it is wrong to have trans people interacting with children, which happened at the pride event… why have such an event to begin with, and try to push this way of life on others, just live your life without the push of this sodomite lifestyle on others

      • Rick Whitaker

        October 12, 2023 at 4:07 pm

        who is pushing you to attend? sodomite is a christian term, i reject that on the basis that christianity is a form of a conspiracy theory. nobody is pushing you into anything, it’s all in your closed christian mind. leave others alone. isn’t that what jesus is supposed to have said.

        • sick Rick

          October 14, 2023 at 7:24 pm

          we know what you stand for Rick. you are a atheist , you support Donna and her people. and It seems. you support Transgenders interacting with chicken, so you are the problem

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