The image of a gay pride flag emblazoned with a swastika became well known in North Dakota last month after State Sen. Janne Myrdal (R-Edinburg) posted it on her personal Facebook page.
The gay Nazi flag reappeared this week at the state Capitol during testimony on House Bill 1386, which would ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.
Bernie Erickson of Fargo, who is gay, testified in favor of the bill and used poster-sized images of Myrdal’s social media posts to prove this point: politicians in North Dakota send a clear message that LGBT people are not welcome in the state.
First, Erickson showed a blown-up picture of this article shared by Myrdal in 2014:
“It’s a rendering of Hitler in a pink suit wearing lipstick and makeup… and they’re talking about homofascists,” Erickson said.
Next, he showed a poster-sized image of the gay Nazi flag that Myrdal shared recently on her Facebook:
Myrdal deleted the image after we pointed it out on this blog. She claimed she posted it by accident; but her Facebook history shows multiple instances of comparing gays to Nazis.
“The Nazis are known for killing millions of Jews and gays and disabled people,” Erickson said, adding that as a gay activist, he shudders at the idea of being compared to a Nazi.
Erickson also showed a picture of a Facebook post written by another legislator, Rep. Dwight Kiefert (R-Valley City), in which he referred to gay people as mentally ill.
“These lawmakers send this message over and over again” that gay people are lesser, Erickson concluded.
“How do we know that? They put it out there for the world to see. And now North Dakota has an opportunity to join with dozens and dozens of other states to say, you know what, we don’t tolerate discrimination in our state.”