"Pride" Events.

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    May 03, 2011 8:19 PM GMT
    Don't get me wrong I understand what they're about, and why people enjoy attending etc etc... but personally, I feel out of place - the whole "I'm gay so i'll wear a tshirt telling everyone" thing just isn't me..

    I have nothing against people who support and/or attend the events, i have went along to few before myself. I just feel the point is missing, its more of an excuse to go out and get extremely drunk rather than being proud of who you are.

    Do you attend them, if so why?
  • TheIStrat

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    May 03, 2011 8:30 PM GMT
    I just remember how it was the first time that I saw a large gay community. I felt like I wasn't alone for the first time.

    Plus you get to see every facet of the gay community. It's an anthropologist's wet dream
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    May 03, 2011 8:46 PM GMT
    I've never attended one, but I got some kickass aerial shots of the one on Sobe a few weeks ago.
    http://www.paulbryson.com/gay-pride-sobe-2011
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    May 03, 2011 8:50 PM GMT
    You don't have to wear a big gay shirt or wave a rainbow flag to go to them. I honestly kinda felt the same way you did before I ever went to one. Then last year my friends drug me to Atlanta Pride and it was actually a lot of fun. I mean maybe I like them because I like festivals in general (beer festivals, etc.) but I really enjoyed myself.

    Now I am going to Pensacola Pride for Memorial Day and it might be more of an excuse to go to the beach. And this in no way means that I am going to go prance around in a rainbow thong on the beach. I will wear my board shorts, drink my beer, and enjoy the company.
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    May 03, 2011 9:22 PM GMT
    I never attended a Gay Pride, neither will I.
  • TrentGrad

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    May 03, 2011 9:43 PM GMT
    Deany saidDon't get me wrong I understand what they're about, and why people enjoy attending etc etc... but personally, I feel out of place - the whole "I'm gay so i'll wear a tshirt telling everyone" thing just isn't me..

    I have nothing against people who support and/or attend the events, i have went along to few before myself. I just feel the point is missing, its more of an excuse to go out and get extremely drunk rather than being proud of who you are.

    Do you attend them, if so why?


    I find myself a little bit split on them, to be honest.

    The parade here in Toronto is a little too busy for me to feel comfortable at...and the parties are a little too meat market-ish for me to want to attend. BUT remember that when there are actual pride events, some of them are meant for people who look for more meaning.

    Some are more sombre, like commemorating those who have been lost to AIDS; whilst others can be a little more educational, or a little more fun.

    I haven't been to Pride in a while though, so I could be completely off base with what it is now. Pride for me is usually watching gay themed movies or TV shows, and looking for a couple of good books to read.

    But when I did go to the Pride parade in years past, I went because I was curious, and because I wanted to see the firemen. ;) LOL
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    May 03, 2011 9:53 PM GMT
    Deany saidDon't get me wrong I understand what they're about, and why people enjoy attending etc etc... but personally, I feel out of place - the whole "I'm gay so i'll wear a tshirt telling everyone" thing just isn't me..


    Don't get me wrong I understand you haven't read every thread, and you shouldn't etc etc... but personally, I feel like I have to roll my eyes because every year around this time someone makes a new thread about "why do people have to have pride I don't care" and giving my answer for the millionth god damn time just isn't me.
  • TrentGrad

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    May 03, 2011 9:55 PM GMT
    JAKEBENSON said
    Deany saidDon't get me wrong I understand what they're about, and why people enjoy attending etc etc... but personally, I feel out of place - the whole "I'm gay so i'll wear a tshirt telling everyone" thing just isn't me..


    Don't get me wrong I understand you haven't read every thread, and you shouldn't etc etc... but personally, I feel like I have to roll my eyes because every year around this time someone makes a new thread about "why do people have to have pride I don't care" and giving my answer for the millionth god damn time just isn't me.


    I'm trying to decide if you're sexier when you're being nice, or when you're being harsh.

    I'm leaning towards when you're being nice...but you always that je ne sais quoi quality about you regardless. ;)
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    May 03, 2011 9:56 PM GMT
    Deany saidthe whole "I'm gay so i'll wear a tshirt telling everyone" thing just isn't me.

    That's ok, I'm sure no one will complain if you come shirtless! (:

    I like people watching and busy streets.
    It's nice to have a day when many in the crowd are gay.
    Out celebrating our pride - outside in the open - rather than confined in the closet (or a bar).
  • roadbikeRob

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    May 03, 2011 9:57 PM GMT
    I have been to the Pride parade in Buffalo, it has been an annual ritual for me since 2002. I would love to go to Pride parades in Chicago, Columbus, and Toronto. But getting the money to travel to any of those cities remains a major obstacle.