San Diego Mayor Bob Filner announces he will not take part in Pride Weekend

Filner cites ongoing controversy

SAN DIEGO - San Diego Mayor Bob Filner announced Friday that he will not participate in this year's Pride Weekend festivities.

In a statement sent from his office, Filner said:

"It is with great regret, but utmost respect for the tradition of Pride, that I have decided not to participate this year. Although I have participated proudly many years in the past, I am concerned that the current controversy surrounding me could distract from the importance of what the whole Pride movement stands for. I have no intention of allowing such a distraction. Please know that I am there with you in spirit, cheering you on and celebrating the extraordinary progress, especially recently, made for the gay community. I'm PROUD of you all!!"

On Thursday, Filner apologized for his behavior in light of claims of sexual harassment levied against him.

Despite calls for his resignation, Filner has indicated that he would not step down.

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