Pride Flags in Heber City 2019



Public Comments to Heber City Council by Danny Goode 6/18/2019

"My name is Danny Goode and I’m a Heber city resident. I am a business owner and a father of three children under the age of 11. I am also the chairman of the Wasatch County Council, but my comments today do not represent the county nor the county council.

I’ve had an interesting two weeks! Although my last public comments were taken out of context to fit a regressive narrative in the national media, I made the mistake of not being definitive with my previous comments, and it resulted in giving cover to a dark element of society.

Mayor Potter, you did the right thing with regards to these flags. You followed the current policy and if you had not the city may have been sued. As I said before, and was supported by the ACLU, a new policy is needed to avoid exploitation.

Mayor, I know that you have received a lot of hate over these past two weeks and so have I. I also know this: you did not let Heber down when you approved those flags. Heber let you down! We should have all been proud to show how inclusive and loving we are, but we didn’t.

Mayor, what you have done, is given me the courage to come out of the closet. I am an open and unapologetic ally of the LGBTQ+ community. I am not gay. I don’t have any members of my immediate family who are gay. I’ve never struggled with same sex attraction. I did, however, struggle for years with finding a woman who found me attractive.

I think we are all learning and trying to do good and be good people, and I believe it is best if we try to educate people who think differently than we do instead of resorting to insults or attacks. We have a good community which is loving and tolerant of everyone, and we just have to get better at showing it all the time."

Online Statement by Danny Goode 6/10/2019

I think we are all learning and trying to do good and be good people. I believe it is best if we try to educate people who think differently than we do instead of resorting to insults or attacks.

I think Mayor Kelleen Potter did the right thing by following the current policy and the flags should stay up for the remainder of the month.

I’m in favor of the Pride flags on Main Street, and hopeful the city will enact a new policy regarding which banners are allowed, so that no one can exploit the current lax policy.

I hope the policy allows for recognizing national and state celebrations (such as gay pride or lgbtq+ rights next June) and local and seasonal events.

We have a good community which is loving and tolerant of everyone. We just have to get better at showing it all the time.

Public Comments to Heber City Council by Danny Goode 6/04/2019

"I'm a citizen of Heber City, I'm a business owner, a husband and a father of three children under the age of 11. I'll just start by saying that the concept of pride in something that you have no choice in is a little odd and a somewhat dubious. I think it's a little strange that people have pride in being white, or black or brown or male or female, or gay or straight. However I don't think there's anything to be ashamed of.

I don't believe that rainbow flags do any harm to children, to families or to God. Also when I saw the flags the first thing I thought was we're advertising that we're having a gay pride parade in Heber City. I thought, well that's going to be interesting. When I realized that wasn't the case then my first thought was I would like the city to consider a policy about what type of banners we put on Main Street. Not because I have any problems with rainbow flags, or gay pride flags in themselves. It’s that I am worried about people politicizing our Main Street banners. I’d hate to see someone wanting to put the Confederate flag or a Nazi flag or any other politically motivated flag.

So, I'd like the city to maybe reconsider their policy there. If for example, we have a gay pride parade I wouldn’t have a problem with flags advertising those local events and seasonal events. When we sponsor things as a public entity, we need to be careful not to enter into a political realm. We represent everyone as elected official and we have a very good community, we have very good people. I hate to see us devolve into some bickering over something that people don't have a choice about. You’re born the way that you’re born. You are who you are, and I think everyone should be more accepting."