Thursday, October 13, 2011

The Next Chapter of the Richmond Flag Flap

Last June I wrote about the uproar that resulted when Virginians noticed the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond was flying the rainbow flag.  Some folks were so angry you'd have thought the bank was flying the Jolly Roger.

A Republican member of the Virginia House of Delegates wrote to the bank president that "homosexual behavior . . . undermines the American economy, is a class six felony in Virginia, shortens lives, adds significantly to illness, increases health costs, promotes venereal diseases, and worsens the population imbalance relating to the number of workers supporting the beneficiaries of America's Social Security and Medicare Programs."

On my best day, I could manage only one or two of those.

Despite the calls to take down the flag, the Richmond Fed kept it up through Pride month.  But now we hear that won't happen again.

The Virginian-Pilot reported that bank honchos recently sent a memo to employees defending the decision to promote diversity by flying the rainbow flag in June, but announcing that in the future, acknowledgement of Pride month won't be so publicly visible.

I take comfort in knowing that hiding the flag won't reduce venereal disease in Virginia one bit.