Pride Parade Marching?

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    Jun 13, 2011 1:27 AM GMT
    Is anyone here marching in their local pride parade this year? I'll be marching with my Methodist church and some of our sister churches.
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    Jun 13, 2011 2:31 AM GMT
    I marched yesterday with my boyfriends soccer team. So much fun. Having everyone cheering for you. We had an amazing time.
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    Jun 13, 2011 2:44 AM GMT
    I prefer to be a spectator along the street strategically positioned close enough to catch free condoms certain organizations are tossing from floats and able to see the cute guys in the parade, but far enough away to avoid the people holding a clipboard and ink pen.
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    Jun 13, 2011 3:16 AM GMT
    I wish that we could have real LGBTQAANDWHATEVER civil rights marches (with suits, dresses, and the lot) instead of these silly rainbow spectacles that win us no respect.
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    Jun 13, 2011 3:20 AM GMT
    Chattman91 saidI wish that we could have real LGBTQAANDWHATEVER civil rights marches (with suits, dresses, and the lot) instead of these silly rainbow spectacles that win us no respect.



    Yes, lets start being about exclusion instead of inclusion.
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    Jun 13, 2011 3:36 AM GMT
    Marching in the Vancouver Pride Parade this year. Can't wait. First time I'll be in the parade. Wish I could have been there for Toronto's this year though.
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    Jun 13, 2011 3:48 AM GMT
    Iceblink said
    Chattman91 saidI wish that we could have real LGBTQAANDWHATEVER civil rights marches (with suits, dresses, and the lot) instead of these silly rainbow spectacles that win us no respect.



    Yes, lets start being about exclusion instead of inclusion.


    icon_confused.gif Who would be excluded??? I guess I shouldn't say that there should be no pride parades at all, but we'd get a lot done more a lot quicker if we would take our rights just a tad more seriously, don't you think?
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    Jun 13, 2011 3:54 AM GMT
    Chattman91 said
    Iceblink said
    Chattman91 saidI wish that we could have real LGBTQAANDWHATEVER civil rights marches (with suits, dresses, and the lot) instead of these silly rainbow spectacles that win us no respect.



    Yes, lets start being about exclusion instead of inclusion.


    icon_confused.gif Who would be excluded??? I guess I shouldn't say that there should be no pride parades at all, but we'd get a lot done more a lot quicker if we would take our rights just a tad more seriously, don't you think?
    Ive got a list of what should be excluded.
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    Jun 13, 2011 3:54 AM GMT
    Chattman91 said
    Iceblink said
    Chattman91 saidI wish that we could have real LGBTQAANDWHATEVER civil rights marches (with suits, dresses, and the lot) instead of these silly rainbow spectacles that win us no respect.



    Yes, lets start being about exclusion instead of inclusion.


    icon_confused.gif Who would be excluded??? I guess I shouldn't say that there should be no pride parades at all, but we'd get a lot done more a lot quicker if we would take our rights just a tad more seriously, don't you think?
    Ive got a list of what should be excluded.
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    Jun 13, 2011 3:55 AM GMT
    JP85257 said
    Chattman91 said
    Iceblink said
    Chattman91 saidI wish that we could have real LGBTQAANDWHATEVER civil rights marches (with suits, dresses, and the lot) instead of these silly rainbow spectacles that win us no respect.



    Yes, lets start being about exclusion instead of inclusion.


    icon_confused.gif Who would be excluded??? I guess I shouldn't say that there should be no pride parades at all, but we'd get a lot done more a lot quicker if we would take our rights just a tad more seriously, don't you think?

    Ive got a list of what should be excluded.


    Me too, but I mean who would be excluded?
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    Jun 13, 2011 3:58 AM GMT
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    Iceblink said
    Chattman91 saidI wish that we could have real LGBTQAANDWHATEVER civil rights marches (with suits, dresses, and the lot) instead of these silly rainbow spectacles that win us no respect.



    Yes, lets start being about exclusion instead of inclusion.


    icon_confused.gif Who would be excluded??? I guess I shouldn't say that there should be no pride parades at all, but we'd get a lot done more a lot quicker if we would take our rights just a tad more seriously, don't you think?



    So the drag queens and kings, transgendered, lesbians riding motorcycles, leather men, will all be welcome? How many pride parades and festivals have you attended?
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    Jun 13, 2011 4:02 AM GMT
    I'm sorry but the entire point of this parade is to show people that we aren't afraid to be ourselves and if that happens to involve a lot of skin, glitter and wings then that's how it is icon_razz.gif

    NYC has several events that pretty much fit any time of gay person. The parade is the best all around event, the rally caters to the people you're describing who are more low key but still involved, and the dances for the circuit boys ;)
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    Jun 13, 2011 4:06 AM GMT
    adam228 saidI'm sorry but the entire point of this parade is to show people that we aren't afraid to be ourselves and if that happens to involve a lot of skin, glitter and wings then that's how it is icon_razz.gif

    NYC has several events that pretty much fit any time of gay person. The parade is the best all around event, the rally caters to the people you're describing who are more low key but still involved, and the dances for the circuit boys ;)


    Here's a Canadian perspective, albeit provincial. Once gay rights became equal, the media was no longer interested in their way of sensationalism.


    -Doug
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    Jun 13, 2011 4:07 AM GMT
    Iceblink said
    Chattman91 said
    Iceblink said
    Chattman91 saidI wish that we could have real LGBTQAANDWHATEVER civil rights marches (with suits, dresses, and the lot) instead of these silly rainbow spectacles that win us no respect.



    Yes, lets start being about exclusion instead of inclusion.


    icon_confused.gif Who would be excluded??? I guess I shouldn't say that there should be no pride parades at all, but we'd get a lot done more a lot quicker if we would take our rights just a tad more seriously, don't you think?



    So the drag queens and kings, transgendered, lesbians riding motorcycles, leather men, will all be welcome? How many pride parades and festivals have you attended?


    They would all be welcome, dressed appropriately and marching with everyone else in a civil rights march. They are part of our community, aren't they? Trust me, I've been to MANY lol icon_biggrin.gif

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    Jun 13, 2011 4:09 AM GMT
    Chattman91 said
    Iceblink said
    Chattman91 said
    Iceblink said
    Chattman91 saidI wish that we could have real LGBTQAANDWHATEVER civil rights marches (with suits, dresses, and the lot) instead of these silly rainbow spectacles that win us no respect.



    Yes, lets start being about exclusion instead of inclusion.


    icon_confused.gif Who would be excluded??? I guess I shouldn't say that there should be no pride parades at all, but we'd get a lot done more a lot quicker if we would take our rights just a tad more seriously, don't you think?



    So the drag queens and kings, transgendered, lesbians riding motorcycles, leather men, will all be welcome? How many pride parades and festivals have you attended?


    They would all be welcome, dressed appropriately and marching with everyone else in a civil rights march. They are part of our community, aren't they? Trust me, I've been to MANY lol icon_biggrin.gif




    What is 'dressed appropriately'?
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    Jun 13, 2011 4:10 AM GMT
    i am hosing a pre party and based on history we will be not be in any state of mind to march
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    Jun 13, 2011 4:27 AM GMT
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    adam228 saidI'm sorry but the entire point of this parade is to show people that we aren't afraid to be ourselves and if that happens to involve a lot of skin, glitter and wings then that's how it is icon_razz.gif

    NYC has several events that pretty much fit any time of gay person. The parade is the best all around event, the rally caters to the people you're describing who are more low key but still involved, and the dances for the circuit boys ;)


    Here's a Canadian perspective, albeit provincial. Once gay rights became equal, the media was no longer interested in their way of sensationalism.


    -Doug


    Once upon a time being gay meant being different, now there is a big push to make gay "normal" and I'm not against it, but we will sacrifice some identity to get there. These kind of events remind us that we are different and do have something special to share. It doesn't really matter how we do it, just that it's done.
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    Jun 13, 2011 4:33 AM GMT
    Iceblink said
    Chattman91 said
    Iceblink said
    Chattman91 said
    Iceblink said
    Chattman91 saidI wish that we could have real LGBTQAANDWHATEVER civil rights marches (with suits, dresses, and the lot) instead of these silly rainbow spectacles that win us no respect.



    Yes, lets start being about exclusion instead of inclusion.


    icon_confused.gif Who would be excluded??? I guess I shouldn't say that there should be no pride parades at all, but we'd get a lot done more a lot quicker if we would take our rights just a tad more seriously, don't you think?



    So the drag queens and kings, transgendered, lesbians riding motorcycles, leather men, will all be welcome? How many pride parades and festivals have you attended?


    They would all be welcome, dressed appropriately and marching with everyone else in a civil rights march. They are part of our community, aren't they? Trust me, I've been to MANY lol icon_biggrin.gif




    What is 'dressed appropriately'?


    Suits, dresses, and the lot. A civil rights march would be formal as opposed to pride celebrations, which are meant to be fun. The goal of such marches would be to demand our civil rights (marriage, anti-job discrimination, hospital visitation, end to DOMA; you know, the legal stuff). It worked with the Black civil rights marches of the 1950s and 1960s.
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    Jun 13, 2011 4:37 AM GMT
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    adam228 saidI'm sorry but the entire point of this parade is to show people that we aren't afraid to be ourselves and if that happens to involve a lot of skin, glitter and wings then that's how it is icon_razz.gif

    NYC has several events that pretty much fit any time of gay person. The parade is the best all around event, the rally caters to the people you're describing who are more low key but still involved, and the dances for the circuit boys ;)


    Here's a Canadian perspective, albeit provincial. Once gay rights became equal, the media was no longer interested in their way of sensationalism.


    -Doug


    Once upon a time being gay meant being different, now there is a big push to make gay "normal" and I'm not against it, but we will sacrifice some identity to get there. These kind of events remind us that we are different and do have something special to share. It doesn't really matter how we do it, just that it's done.



    Our experiences have been rather the opposite. When we married, there was a neighbourhood (very straight and Conservative) push of enthusiasm that made us, (you'll laugh) feel a little insecure in its intensity. People offered chairs; help in setting up. Too many for our shynesses wanted to be there. We restricted it to 35 people.lol, we were terrified.

    As it turns out, there is a sweetness to being considered as normal as peanut butter or jam; we feel pretty floored at times at the acceptance.

    It seems our straight counterparts inspire themselves with this enormous step in being inclusive.

    -Doug

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    Jun 13, 2011 4:42 AM GMT
    i've been to different cities for pride but always failed to wake up on time for the parades. It seems like they are always on sunday morning and well saturday is always a long fun night. it looks like it could be fun.
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    Jun 13, 2011 4:44 AM GMT
    The pride parades here are all twinks covered in glitter, native american trannies, drag queens performing on trailers and fat lesbian softball teams. I just stay home.
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    Jun 13, 2011 4:46 AM GMT
    JP85257 saidThe pride parades here are all twinks covered in glitter, native american trannies, drag queens performing on trailers and fat lesbian softball teams. I just stay home.


    whats wrong with that?
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    Jun 13, 2011 5:48 AM GMT
    Chattman91 saidSuits, dresses, and the lot. A civil rights march would be formal as opposed to pride celebrations, which are meant to be fun. The goal of such marches would be to demand our civil rights (marriage, anti-job discrimination, hospital visitation, end to DOMA; you know, the legal stuff). It worked with the Black civil rights marches of the 1950s and 1960s.



    If you believe that would work, organize and work to make a march like that happen. It is not the 50's and 60's and today I don't know how much appeal a march of suits and dresses would have. Since you have been to many pride marches, I am sure you have seen that 95% of the people are wearing jeans or shorts and t-shirts, but they get along and welcome those more visually unique individuals who are being themselves. There can be more than one type of march, but I prefer to march with the "fat lesbian softball team".
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    Jun 13, 2011 9:39 AM GMT
    Being gay is more than what you do with your penis in the bedroom. It is literature, music, art, spoken word, fashion and more.

    As a gay man who has been a board chair of an LGBT national non-profit, and marched in more parades, attended more meetings and legislative sessions that I care to remember..I can tell you it is the sheer numbers, not the drag queens, dancing boys and leathermen that have made an impact.

    The parades and festivals are important as they not only show the general community that we are here in great numbers, but also give our youth an identifying anchor, be it a glitter boy or a bear. I'm marching again this year, proud and happy knowing that my brothers and sisters can dress, sing, scream and sashay any way they want to.