The following is a statement from the Progressive Democrats of Benicia regarding recent untrue allegations made against them:
An individual’s allegations that the Progressive Democrats as an organization had anything to do with their firing are untrue. As an organization, we did not write any letters or contact their employer. The letter that was written to a local paper was not written by a member. A letter to their employer was written by a member, but under the member’s own name. We do not require our members to seek club approval before exercising their free speech rights and we do not control our members’ activities.
This club was not consulted and did not approve of any letters regarding the person in question. In short, the Progressive Democrats of Benicia had nothing to do with their being fired.
The Progressive Democrats of Benicia do firmly support LGBTQ+ rights and recently had a speaker about the current threats and attacks on that community. The individual’s website promotes the views of the American College of Pediatrics, which has been labeled a fringe anti-LGBTQ hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
As a club, we believe people need to know the truth, and the truth is we had nothing to do with their firing. But we wish they would not promote hate groups on their website.