OMAHA, NE – Great News if you are an LGBT activist offended by comments made by Heartland Pride President, at Pride back in June. On Thursday night, Sept 12, 2013, at Heartland Pride’s meeting, Beth Rigatuso, Heartland Pride President announced her resignation from the board, although she said she would continue to help them in the capacity of a consultant. She also said her resignation has nothing to do with any blogger in particular, nor any demands that were made of her regarding her comments comparing Omaha’s LGBT activists to Westboro protesters. Rigatuso refused to apologize publicly for her comments about Westboro protesters, but she did apologize to two individuals present at the August meeting. But after she announced her resignation, she went into whine mode about how so many members of the LGBT community complained about her and the things she did for Pride. Well, cry me a river!!! What Beth may not understand, is that those same LGBT activists get criticized by members of the LGBT community for things they do as well! Things meant to help the community move forward. As far as my comments on this blog, what I said are facts. She claims I post anonymously on Progressive Oasis, but my name is present on EVERY post, and the ABOUT page clearly names the owner of the blog. Some people just go out of their way to be ignorant. If you are an activist, who was offended by her comments comparing us to Westboro Protesters, then you can rejoice. DING-DONG!!!!
The embattled former manager of Omaha’s annual LGBTQ Pride celebration was in the hot seat for comparing a group of LGBT activists to Westboro Protesters because they had threatened to picket during Mayor Stothert’s speech at Pride. As many already know, Stothert has held anti- LGBT views and votes in the recent past. Rigatuso gave no specifics about being a consultant to Pride, other than she would do it without pay.
Beth did mention she’d like to get back to a project she had started a couple years ago. I wonder if it involves this chapter of her life, inspiring health?