Filed By Alex Blaze | June 04, 2007 8:57 AM | comments
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Do you plan on going to your city's Pride this month?
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Absolutely! Wouldn't miss it!
And no. Being gay isn't about men wearing nothing but thongs, dancing on floats, and blaring techno. Or at least it shouldn't be. Talk about sending the wrong message.
I'm 21, have a stake in the political future of the GLBT community (especially marriage) across America, and I refuse to participate in one of the worst displays of stereotypical behavior that reinforces hate and ignorance. Providence has put up rainbow flags around the city ... and frankly, that's enough for me.
As another 21 year old gay individual, with a potential stake in LGBT politics (although, not just marriage) as well, i disagree with your post, especially they way you wrote it.
Pride may not be my favorite LGBT event of the year, but I have alot respect for its purpose. While Pride does show "sterotypical" beahvior such as "men wearing nothing but thongs, dancing on floats, and blaring techno" I have to ask what is so wrong with that? I think about gays getting beaten up in schools for simply wearing a rainbow button, transmen and transwomen being murdered for simply dressing to who they are, LGBT individuals nationwide who suffer bigotry daily in countless ways because they are living lives with purpose and truth and the thought of cencoring their behavior, especially during Pride, is unfathomable to me. Did i miss the book published that dictates how the LGBT community should act at all times?
I also question how much you even know about Pride. Pride also shows educational and political(you might want to listen up)organizations trying to rally the community, families and friends publicly supporting LGBT causes, public health awareness, community networking and an overall feeling of community. I completely fail to see how any of these events leads to "reinforcing hate and ignorance".
So i'll be out this weekend in Indy at Pride. And although i wasnt planning on it, i might just be in my leather thong, dancing on top of a float to loud techno music.
Indy, and of course I will be there. I also have a stake in our political future and this is my favorite gay event of the year. There are all walks of our community represented at this event but unfortunatly the press loves to show the most outrageous. Whatever.....I love it all!
oops...as usual, I forgot to hit spell check.
Indy - I'll be there with PFLAG! And by the way, come by our booth and get lei'd!!!!
I cant wait to walk in the parade with the doggies.. we go every year and march with pride. In the rain even. In fact we have new pride umbrellas just in case..
One thing I want to add.. something that has bothered me for a very long time.
Many of you who read this will remember the pride from days gone by that were on the circle. When the protesters out numbered the participants. When we were, many times, genuinely afraid for our safety.
Back in those days, and I hope I dont offend anyone but, most the people really were members of fringe groups in the gay community. Lots of purple hair. But back in those days I was in IYG, and we were ALWAYS at pride.
I remember as I got older, talking to the other friends I would make, and every June I would ask are you going to the pridefest? The response was always the same thing. "Hell no, I dont want people to think Im one of those freaks." Back in those days, I would rarely make new friends and for the most part, there were some pretty odd birds at the pridefest. But I was "raised gay" to believe that we had to show up to pride. Its was kinda like that old saying about really cool shoes. You should buy them even if they hurt your feet. If they look good, that was enough. We went to pride and stayed there all day. Long past the fun. Because there were only a few people there. The people who want to oppress us want us to hide and be ashamed. Its our job to show them their tactics arent working.!! So you went and stayed on principle.
But no one ever listened.
It bothers me today even more then it did then, to see young people, who have it tons easier than we did, still look at pride as a "we" and a "they". When will people learn. If you do not want to be REPRESENTED by the "fringe" groups, YOU MUST SHOW UP and represent yourself. Thats what pride is all about.
Today, the pridefest is such a melting pot of people. I love it.! Its full of people from all walks of life. And many non gays. Which NEVER happened back in the days. The great diversity that is the LGBT community is the whole reason we have the rainbow flag as our flag. Its you, its me and its the lipstick lesbian and the dyke, its the drag queen and the transsexuals. The leather daddy, the bears, the black divas, the goth kids and the Log cabin Republicans, the yuppies and the circuit club queens. Everyone is there. And if pride somehow falls short of representing what you think it should, please dont forget to ask yourself what part you may play in that. If you think there is an element there that does not represent you, dont blame anyone but yourself because you stayed home.
My town doesn't have pride festivities..... it has garage/yard sales.
I congratulate the GLBT community of Indianapolis for coming so far. I lived in Indy from 1978 until 1981, and back then we had a Pride Picnic out along Fall Creek Parkway. That was even before the events at Monument Circle.
Every city has this same discussion about the "crazies" that show up at the city's gay pride event. Even the big Los Angeles parade down Santa Monica Blvd. in West Hollywood (in fact, especially that one!) generates such remarks. The pride parades are big crazy parties, but some of the other events, such as the AIDS Walks are a bit more, shall we say, controlled and dignified, and even the big politicians will eventually attend them. I remember standing in the crowd maybe twenty feet in front of L.A. Mayor Riordan when he spoke at the ending ceremony of the West Coast AIDS Ride several years ago. (He rode along during the last few miles and rode his bicycle toward the stage just as the riders did!)
True, Indianapolis does not attract gay men and lesbians to move here from all over the country and the world quite the way that Los Angeles does. But just the same, Indy is progressing impressively. The participation that the GLBT community provided in the gentrification of the Fall Creek Place neighborhood, as well as the establishment of the "Arts District" along Massachusetts Avenue, adds vastly to the economic engine of the city, and your city leaders know it.
So I have learned from this city and others not to worry about the "crazies" that show up at pride events. Both in spite of them and because of them, the community moves forward.
(And that will be my excuse when you see me in my leather chaps with my sagging naked butt-cheeks hanging out! ... uh, no, just kidding!)