Whether the alleged perpetrator of sexual assault and/or harassment is President Donald Trump OR Mayor John Duran, this WeHo’an-American voter believes both men should not be serving in public life. I regard not their past records of public service as rationale for calling for their removal from office. No, Mayor Duran and President Trump have served the interests of their base of constituents / supporters well most of the time.
Since moving to City of West Hollywood 33 months ago, I witnessed the mayor award a key to the city to a person whose only accomplishment of note is lying down with the married President of the US. The optics of that visual were stomach turning. What had Ms. Daniels done for residents of WeHo (like me) to warrant official city time to promote her t-shirt line? The next appalling news story about Mayor John Duran came when he justified aggressive sexual behavior between queer men in West Hollywood. According to an op-ed by Steve Martin published in WEHOville:
“During the Rex trial Duran tried to rationalize his conduct with Owens by telling a slack-jawed jury that his conduct was simply typical gay male behavior and that gay men can’t be held to the same legal sexual harassment standards because we live by different rules…” (Martin, 2018).
Casting we LGBTQ residents as sex-starved mammals lacking self-control!
Let me be clear, I am not slut-shaming our overtly horny city leader. I am not being ageist against the current WeHo mayor. I am not judging him. I am however, acknowledging the damage inflicted on West Hollywood’s internationally visible image by the unintended narrative associated with Mayor Duran’s subversive predilections for acting out sexually, regardless of setting. Duran and Trump both have been caught bragging about their propensity to assault younger members of the gender they prefer for intimacy. Trump wants to grab them by the pussy; Duran wants to touch private parts of their bodies without consent. So too, John and Donald prefer survivors keep their mouths shut, to the tune of $130,000 or $500,000.
Our City Council has been revealed to look foolish, especially as Mayor Duran passed a resolution asking Hollywood to violate laws governing historic landmarks to remove his fellow (alleged) sexual assaulter’s Hollywood Walk of Fame Star. I see now this has all been a distraction so we would not see Mayor John Duran’s personal truth.
The current Mayor of West Hollywood AND the current U.S. President’s actions speak louder than their words. These actions tell of two men whose pasts seem brighter than the present they’ve each inflicted on their constituents. But, no more. Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, is our chance to restore the promise under which West Hollywood was incorporated. Election Day, 11/03/2020 is our chance to reject the politics of intimidation and the “good ole boys” mentality. My fellow WeHo’ans and my fellow Americans, we are better than forcing survivors to regard their “honorable” attackers.
West Hollywood is a sovereign municipality founded to provide shelter to vulnerable persons that the Reagan administration and the world turned their backs on. Let us not turn our backs on our citizenry and send a clear message that all will be respected and protected; regardless of whether or not they are sexually desirable. I want to hear from you. Visit www.WeHoTim.org, or message me @WeHoTim on Facebook, Instagram, SnapChat and Twitter and tell me why you believe it is time to diversify city leadership with new folks who are willing to preserve, protect and defend the rights of all.