Special Message from Mayor on Pride Month Opposition Posters
Mayor Kniss issued the following Special Message to the Palo Alto community on Monday, June 18:
Over the weekend, we learned that posters opposing the Palo Alto City Library’s Pride month displays were seen at the Magical Bridge Playground, in bathrooms near the Mitchell Park tennis courts and at a nearby street crosswalk. It was also posted on social media. While the speech is protected by the First Amendment, the homophobic sentiment is disturbing. A public library should offer the best available information to all members of the community, and support and protect the public’s right to explore all information for themselves.
As a community, we have expressed our commitment to remain open and inclusive while speaking out against such acts. Our Council has adopted a resolution that states, “The City of Palo Alto rejects bigotry in all its forms, including but not limited to Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, racism, nativism, misogyny, and homophobia.”
These types of incidents are rare in Palo Alto. But, when they do occur, it’s important to call them out and reaffirm our commitment to maintaining our city as a diverse, supportive, inclusive and protective community through our actions and words.
Last Updated: June 18, 2018