PASADENA, Calif. — Dozens of gay rights advocates from the AIDS Healthcare Foundation flooded Pasadena City Council chambers Monday to express concern about recently surfaced comments made by Public Health Director Dr. Eric Walsh in religious sermons posted online according to an article by Pasadena Star News.
Six people spoke against Walsh’s statements, which condemn gays, single mothers, Muslims and popular culture, among other groups.
“As an HIV positive homosexual man, I find Dr. Walsh’s remarks frightening and extremely offensive,” AIDS Healthcare Foundation activist Joseph Jimenez was quoted as having said. “I believe Dr. Walsh is not able to provide compassionate care for patients like myself and others. I beseech all of you to consider appointing a director who has more understanding of the LGBT community.”
AIDS Healthcare Foundation President Michael Weinstein also decried Walsh’s anti-gay sentiments, saying they went against the kind of city Pasadena should strive to be.
Links to his sermons, many of which were from before he came to Pasadena in 2010, were distributed to the media last week after Walsh was announced as the commencement speaker for Pasadena City College, the article said.