Medjai saidI've always had trouble with this phrase. As I understand it, pride is based off achievements, accomplishments, and overcoming struggles. It is not about a quality that simply is. To take pride in being gay, to me, implies that being gay is n accomplishment, something you moved towards. In effect implying gay is something chosen and struggled to achieve.
I mean, one can definitely take pride in the hardships overcome to come out, find equality and acceptance, etc. but the state itself just is...
I've felt the same ah about similar things like race, or other physical characteristics.
I'm probably going to get attacked for my views on this, but here we go. I'm not a fan of the concept of "gay pride"--or "black pride" or "Irish pride" or any other kind of pride. To me, it unintentionally gives credence to the opposition's idea that there's something with which we should be ashamed. I don't feel ashamed to be gay, but I'm also not proud. I am who I am. Being gay is just one small part of who I am. I'm not proud of being white, having blue eyes, liking baseball, or going to the gym. Why? Because I'm proud of who I am--not just a single characteristic.
Furthermore, I feel like "pride" (in general) fixates on the differences in all of us rather than the similarities. During a time we're fighting for equal rights on marriage, employment protection, healthcare equality, etc., we should be focused on showing people our similarities with our straight brethren. We are all so much more than the person we have sex with.
I think it's great that people are happy with who they are, and I love the greater levels of acceptance we're experiencing. If you want to go to pride, by all means. Have a great time. Enjoy yourself. I think it's great. I see things a little differently.