Changed my mind on Pride : )

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    Jul 05, 2010 4:01 AM GMT
    So, i've always been a little bitter towards pride, blew it off as just a silly dramatic get togeher of a few freaks...well, I went to Toronto Pride today and it was sooo fun! I'm a lucky young gay guy whose mom actually came with him to pride, in addition to my sister and her boyfriend and i instantly had a change of heart. Its people being free and enjoying who they are! I saw some cool things like a group of Christians apologizing, but I also saw a few people handing out pamphlets telling gays to come back to god and that what we're doing is wrong. My mom really surprised me when she looked at the guy handing out the church pamphlets and (still being a church go-er herself) said "fuck off."

    So, yes i've had a few to drink so bear with any problems in my grammar, but all in all, i've changed my mind and i love my mom, haha.

    Happy Pride 2010 fellas !
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    Jul 05, 2010 4:10 AM GMT
    Great! And great comments you shared. I remember my first Pride, was also afraid of the freak show I might find there, which is just not my style.

    Turned out to be inspirational, uplifting, uniting, and everything it ought to be. I'm sure some Prides are not quite that way, and may have their low points, but it's like much of what I experience in the gay community: I know enough to pick-and-choose what I like and is good, and try to add my own personal stamp to it.

    Hope you and your Mom have many more wonderful Prides ahead of you. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jul 05, 2010 4:10 AM GMT
    thats awesome did you get any dick.. and if so was it weird with your family around.
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    Jul 05, 2010 4:14 AM GMT
    gonna ignore jduck's unnecessary crude comment...

    I was also so impressed with Torono Pride as it had nearly no funding this year but was still awesome from what i saw!
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    Jul 05, 2010 7:04 AM GMT
    i've always heard that toronto pride was something special and i and mine are hoping to get up there next summer.
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    Jul 05, 2010 1:27 PM GMT
    shoelessj saidi've always heard that toronto pride was something special and i and mine are hoping to get up there next summer.



    Toronto Pride is definitely special, just standing near the parade, as you look around many high condos and office towers have pride flags on display, cops are wearing pride badges, storefronts have signs specially made for pride week, entire busy sections of streets are closed off, the parade goes through a large chunk of the city that is not even known as the gay district .... theres sooo many things that just made it fun to see. Also, the fact that Toronto is one of the most diverse cities in the world gives way to the parade being filled with asian pride floats, jewish floats, black, obviously white, just everything! Pretty much all the popular radio stations had floats or promo vehicles.

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    Jul 05, 2010 1:31 PM GMT
    That's really sweet, pat3rob, and you have a great family. Kudos to your Mom!

    -Doug
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    Jul 05, 2010 1:33 PM GMT
    What a great experience... glad you had a chance to share this with your family and that it was a good (and learning) experience for all of you.

    I've been to one major pride...... and that was in Toronto (and I was blown away, never seen anything like it.. of course prior to that I had no experience).

    Hope you can encourage others to share in that in the future....
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    Jul 05, 2010 1:42 PM GMT
    pat3rob saidSo, i've always been a little bitter towards pride, blew it off as just a silly dramatic get togeher of a few freaks...well, I went to Toronto Pride today and it was sooo fun! I'm a lucky young gay guy whose mom actually came with him to pride, in addition to my sister and her boyfriend and i instantly had a change of heart. Its people being free and enjoying who they are! I saw some cool things like a group of Christians apologizing, but I also saw a few people handing out pamphlets telling gays to come back to god and that what we're doing is wrong. My mom really surprised me when she looked at the guy handing out the church pamphlets and (still being a church go-er herself) said "fuck off."

    So, yes i've had a few to drink so bear with any problems in my grammar, but all in all, i've changed my mind and i love my mom, haha.

    Happy Pride 2010 fellas !



    Glad you had a great time bud! Toronto is a special city and Pride is always something to see, there were alot of Americans in town this past weekend too, I love Americans! hahaha anyways, glad you had a change of heart! My entire clinic staff and I were at the parade handing out free water bottles to all in the scorching heat!!!! the parade went by the clinic icon_smile.gif
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    Jul 05, 2010 2:45 PM GMT
    THAT, my friend is what pride is all about. It's so easy to write the whole thing off as a freak show, but there's more to it than that.

    I see the groups and organizations courageusly marching and being proud. Cops, lawyers, doctors, children, grandparents, moms and dads, brothers and sisters, religious groups, trade organizations. So many different types of people who are gay or who support gay people.

    And then the 2 minutes of silence to honor those who dies from aids. There's not a dry eye among thousands of people. Its moments like that that remind you of a supportive and caring "gay community" as well as straight people who feel the same.

    You MOM sounds great.
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    Jul 05, 2010 3:06 PM GMT
    I went as well for the first time. Not a big of large crowds as I get very anxious. Saturday night was a bit overwhelming, so I had second thoughts about the parade yesterday.

    I'm glad I went as I had fun and the anxiety I was feeling the night before didn't resurface. What surprised me the most was how incredibly "normal" it was. LOL

    Other than the occasional nude guy, it was just like a typical Toronto fair, albeit, a little disorganized.
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    Jul 05, 2010 4:00 PM GMT
    A few of my buddys went [ i had to work ] and they had a blast.. I'll have to start getting out of town more.....
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    Jul 05, 2010 6:13 PM GMT
    i was a volunteer for Pride Toronto. too bad that Real Jock wasn't here with some RJ models handing out brochures. but i saw so many hot guys on Church Street. YUMMY~!! lol icon_biggrin.gif i definitely will volunteer again next year, it was so fun and amaze days~!
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    Jul 05, 2010 6:22 PM GMT
    Frick, if only Toronto were in the Caribbean I'd move there in a heartbeat icon_razz.gif
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    Jul 05, 2010 6:27 PM GMT
    I was glad to hear that the parade this year was a lot more about community and support, and a lot less about paid models gyrating in speedo's. Seems like the times are a'changin!
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    Jul 05, 2010 6:27 PM GMT
    I love cool moms.....

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    Jul 05, 2010 6:28 PM GMT
    That is so cool about your experience and particularly your family going with you. My parents are pretty open minded but they've never been to a pride parade. Come to think of it, I might not want them there to witness some of the no good I can get into! icon_wink.gif
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    Jul 05, 2010 6:52 PM GMT
    I would never use terms such as 'freak' or 'hate' in relation to pride events, even though I do not care for them. I am puzzled as to why those who enjoy pride events seem to consider any gay person who dislikes them to be, at best, emotionally bankrupt and, at worst, down right malevolent. I am glad you had a good time and why would anyone begrudge you that?

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    Jul 05, 2010 7:44 PM GMT
    Im on the plane right now flying back to Montreal. Toronto pride was awesome even though I missed 90% of the whole thing since I was mostly visiting my friends from college. I'll be posting some pics soon icon_razz.gif