Originally posted Sunday morning... moving up.

In the mailbag...

Gay pride should not go forward in memory of our black brothers and sisters who were gunned down in a safe place, a place of freedom by a culture that encourages and embraces racism, a culture of evil. This was not the action of just one man, it was the action of all of us. We as members of the LGBT community cannot stand by and remain silent. Let us stand up and say, "Not in our community, not in our country."

Cheryl C.👣

Cancel LGBT Pride? Discuss.

My thoughts... I'm always suspicious when someone who signs their e-mails with tiny little fetus feet—typically a pro-life statement—starts offering advice to the LGBT civil-rights movement, particularly when that advice boils down to "let's call the whole thing off." And while Pride parades across the country this summer should be making statements of solidarity with the #BlackLivesMatter movement (and the organizers of any that don't should be slammed)—a great many LGBT people are black, and the lives of black trans women are at particular risk—it seems to me that if we're going to start shutting things down to protest "a culture that encourages and embraces racism" we should start with the GOP:

The massacre of nine African Americans in a storied Charleston church last week, which thrust the issues of race relations and gun rights into the center of the 2016 presidential campaign, has now resurfaced another familiar and divisive question in the emerging contest for the Republican nomination: what to do with the Confederate battle flag that flies on the grounds of the South Carolina Capitol. And similarly to some of their predecessors seeking to win the state’s first-in-the-South primary election, the leading Republican candidates are treading delicately so as not to risk offending the conservative white voters who venerate the most recognizable emblem of the Confederacy.

Yes, yes: At this somber time we should err on the side of not offending the delicate sensibilities of people who venerate the Confederate battle flag.