DIXON (CBS13) — Emotions flared Tuesday night as protesters tried to push Dixon’s vice mayor, Ted Hickman, from his position.

For the first time since publishing an article calling for a Straight Pride American Month, Hickman addressed the public, as angry citizens filled a city council meeting.


Hickman started the meeting off by saying he did not give up his First Amendment rights when he became an elected official. Still, many argue this goes beyond free speech and demanded his resignation. Some say they at least expect an apology. Neither came.

“Any leader knows that words matter,” said one Dixon resident.

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His written words sparked international outrage, but on Tuesday, Hickman’s spoken words fell short on an unforgiving crowd, as he admitted to having just one regret about his controversial column appearing to attack the LGBT community.

“If I were to rewind time and write the column again, I would not use the words—sarcastically or not—of vice mayor, because I see where that may be unacceptable to some. That’s all I have to say,” said Hickman.

With no apology issued, dozens of citizens called on him to step down.

Dixon resident Alex Lopez said, “I care for you Mr. Hickman, I care about what you say, about what you write, about what you do. So, I ask that you do something good for the community and resign.”

Hickman recently made headlines after calling for a Straight Pride American Month and using derogatory language to describe gay men in a local paper.

“I kept reading and thought this can’t be real,” said Liam Pourner.

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As people packed into council chambers, a spillover crowd watched from outside where a lone counter-protester, a chiropractor who traveled from Santa Clara, drew his own crowd as he defended Hickman and what he says is actually an attack on heterosexuals.

“This is a cultural battle. He’s just trying to have one straight pride,” said Dan Gruddman, Chairman of California Constitution Party.”

But for the majority of people who showed up, it’s about acceptance for all and holding elected officials accountable.

“I do think for sure the rules committee needs to be convened,” said Dixon City Councilman Devin Minnema.

Minnema says he believes Hickman violated the city code of conduct and says he will push for punishment.

“We have three options that are available to us- admonishment, reprimand and censure.”

There was also an effort to recall Hickman, but that is stalled at this point because legally a recall can’t happen within six months of an election. Hickman is running for re-election in November.

Comments (53)
  1. Liberal Fascist is a term everyone should become familiar with.

  2. Let the voters decide, not the fascist mob motivated by perverse interpretation of our rights..

    1. muneshadowe says:

      Is the REAL America tired of the lymp wristed willie nillies hyjacking it yet? Then stand up for REAL RIGHTS not fabricated mentally ill rights.

  3. Hickman is an American exercising his 1st Amend rights! God Bless our Constitution and Mr, Hickman!

  4. Andy Howe says:

    Remember: only LGBTQP are allowed to have pride. And only Black lives matter. And only illegal immigrants are allowed to have children. And unless you vote Democrat, you do not count as LGBTQP, Black, immigrant, woman, etc.

  5. I’m tired of tolerating LGBT intolerance. Celebrating sexual deviance and disdaining wholesomeness has become their battle whimper. Straight Pride! Great idea.

  6. Anti-racists say there is a RACE problem that can only be solved when the third world pours into EVERY White country and “assimilates.”

    What if I said there was a RACE problem that could only be solved if hundreds of millions of non-Blacks were brought into EVERY Black country? How long before people realize I’m not talking about a RACE problem, but the conclusion to the BLACK problem?

    They say they are anti-racist. What they are is anti-White.

    Anti-racist is a codeword for anti-White.

  7. How do we support this guy Hickman?

    1. Probably risky. Remember the guy who didn’t arm salute at the hitler rally was shot.

  8. Nothing quite as “feisty” than homosexuals in large numbers.
    It’s time for reality check… LITERALLY.
    Even those I know who are “tolerant” think their “lifestyle” is VULGAR.


  10. Billy Woody says:

    The fascist are out in full force.

    1. Why is it “fascist” for straight people to have pride, if gay people have pride. Be specific, factual and rational in your response without resorting to ad hominems.

  11. Only people in an officially designated victim group can have “pride”? Yep, that’s the way it works. Shame on the Dixon SJWs. They are clueless about how they have been propagandized by the media, education system and Hollywood. Wake up people; most Americans could care less about anyone’s sexual preferences or identity. Many of us just don’t care to celebrate it any more than we feel the need to celebrate heterosexuality – hence the joke.

  12. muneshadowe says:

    Is the REAL America tired of the lymp wristed willie nillies hyjacking it yet? Then stand up for REAL RIGHTS not fabricated mentally ill rights.

  13. Liberal intolerance for other people’s views is why I never vote Democrat.

  14. Saw this on Drudge. Left for http://www.PressCalifornia.com for more real California news.

  15. There are special months/days/parades/whatever for blacks, asians, LGBQTs and the rest of the alphabet, and more – so why can’t straight people have a month/day/parade/whatever? To deny straights the same rights is racist and heterophobic. The liberals are always calling for ‘fairness’ – so why can’t straights and whites be treated fairly?

  16. Cam Kirmser says:

    So, why is Gay Pride acceptable, but Straight Pride is not?

    Anyone care to take a stab at answering this?

  17. Yet people wonder why Donald Trump won. The silent majority are sick of vocal minority’s’ PC, over-the-top, liberal positions and are pushing back.

  18. >>>> ‘Hickman recently made headlines after calling for a Straight Pride American Month’ <<<Exactly< is hateful, derogatory, offensive, or just generally 'wrong' with what Vice Mayor Hickman made?
    Yeah.. I thought so, (((crickets))) you have no answer for that because there's nothing wrong with it.

  19. Although it’s as ridiculous as a “gay pride” parade, there’s nothing wrong with a “straight pride” parade. Who died and made LBGQ, et al., the parade police? I’m sure the straight pride parade would be more family friendly. Many of the participants in gay parades should be arrested for indecent exposure and lewd acts in public.

  20. chefjimmie1 says:

    Oh, I get it. The 1% mentally ill, sodomite perverts can hold all the parades they like but NORMAL people, by whom these insane, oversensitive zealots for death were birthed, are prevented from striking back at this abomination? If it wasn’t for straight people, there would be NO people. Remember that snowflakes.

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