By Victor Feraru
What would you do with a six-foot pole?
That’s how my 2013 conversation started with Chaz Stevens, the civil rights advocate who erected a 6-foot-tall Pabst Blue Ribbon Festivus Pole in the State Capitol of Florida, a reminder for the need of the separation of church and state. His protest caused a international sensation, and was covered by The Colbert Report, Daily Show, Fox News, and hundreds of media outlets.
To me, he’s a genius, and if you ask, he’ll tell you so. Stevens has single-handedly shown the religious establishment that they are not the only show in town. Stevens delivers his message with the grace of sandpaper, which rubs some wrong. However, if one looks through the harsh critique he offers those in power, one starts to see the absurdities that Stevens points out.
“The Humanity Fund believes in equal rights for all, with a focus on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights,” said Stevens. “We could not stand by while religious fanatics like Kim Davis continue to deny people their basic constitutional rights.”
Let me know what you did by tweeting your rainbow Festivus Pole picture using the hashtag #MyGayPridePole.