Gay pride parades

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    Dec 18, 2013 10:33 PM GMT
    I have to admit that I know very little to nothing about Gay culture. So please forgive me for my ignorance, but what is the purpose of gay pride parades? Does anyone here find them to be alittle embarrassing? Would you be comfortable standing on the street corner with your family and friends? How does men almost naked dancing down the street help the "gay cause" for equal rights. What's your take?
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    Dec 18, 2013 10:37 PM GMT
    This has been brought up before.

    Yes, there are half naked men dancing on floats. But pride parades are about the gay community coming together to celebrate the advancements it has made in society, which have been huge over the last 50 years.

    I'm not sorry that guys in underwear bother our prudish straight society once a year.
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    Dec 18, 2013 10:45 PM GMT
    A lady once told me she had a grandson with aids. She said "Just be proud of who you are." So that is what it is about...Pride. But other than that I think most guys steer clear of pride parades. Just nothing new and kinda creepy.
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    Dec 18, 2013 10:47 PM GMT
    Every year society finds them a little bit less embarrassing i.e. they accept gay people more. If they can accept a drag queen, a man dancing in his underwear and a guy in a rubber outfit* walking down their high street they will definitely accept the more "normal" guy sitting on the next desk who happens to be gay.

    *I do find these a bit annoying, because it encourages people to think all gay people are into extreme fetishes, and almost all straight people aren't (neither of which is true)
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    Dec 18, 2013 10:47 PM GMT

    Go look at what Miley Cyrus did in her little pink latex bikini on global television, then get back to me. icon_wink.gif
  • HottJoe

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    Dec 18, 2013 10:52 PM GMT
    MCB_ saidThis has been brought up before.

    Yes, there are half naked men dancing on floats. But pride parades are about the gay community coming together to celebrate the advancements it has made in society, which have been huge over the last 50 years.

    I'm not sorry that guys in underwear bother our prudish straight society once a year.

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    Dec 18, 2013 10:54 PM GMT
    Earlier(Still) people used to deny that there is something like homosexuality which exists among humans. Pride has been the way to show that even though we may be a small percentage of the population, but we exist.
  • MikeW

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    Dec 18, 2013 11:23 PM GMT
    Yes, it is such an embarrassment to our tribe. Heterosexual's would never do such a thing:

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    Dec 18, 2013 11:26 PM GMT
    MikeW saidYes, it is such an embarrassment to our tribe. Heterosexual's would never do such a thing:

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    I tried that, but some are so heavily 'hetero display ok, gay not ok' indoctrinated they still don't get it. *shrugs*
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    Dec 19, 2013 5:21 AM GMT
    I don't approval of nudity in public or guys wearing jockstraps on public streets.However gay pride parades perform an important function even in the age of openly gay celebrities.They say we're here,we're queer,get used to it.Plus they are a lot of fun..least in NYC they are lol.Ryan.
  • Rene_Aensland

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    Dec 19, 2013 5:25 AM GMT
    It's just a gathering that's kept between our culture.
    It's not a fuck fest.

    They're fun and entertaining. =]
  • HottJoe

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    Dec 19, 2013 5:29 AM GMT
    Rene_Aensland saidIt's just a gathering that's kept between our culture.
    It's not a fuck fest.

    They're fun and entertaining. =]

    For all the people who hate it, there are those who wish it was a fuck fest... It's gotten very mainstream.icon_rolleyes.gificon_lol.gif
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    Dec 19, 2013 6:23 AM GMT
    MCB_ saidThis has been brought up before.

    Yes, there are half naked men dancing on floats. But pride parades are about the gay community coming together to celebrate the advancements it has made in society, which have been huge over the last 50 years.

    I'm not sorry that guys in underwear bother our prudish straight society once a year.


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    We went to Folsom this year - a few months ago - and had fun. You see everything and a ton of people.
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    Dec 19, 2013 6:35 AM GMT
    Gay Pride parades are a huge draw....for everyone. There are a lot of straight families there, in SUPPORT. In San Diego it's worth millions to local businesses that week.

    It's like Madri Gras....it is really for adults, although kids do watch. But it's nothing they can't see on TV. If I had kids I'd probably make them turn around for some of it, but it's all good fun for the most part.
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    Dec 19, 2013 7:04 AM GMT
    meninlove said
    Go look at what Miley Cyrus did in her little pink latex bikini on global television, then get back to me. icon_wink.gif


    But that is one little girls, being a rebel. Not thousands of people on mass, misbehaving in public; big difference boys.

    Yet as a Bonafide Homosexual who was out from a very young age, while men still hid away, because it was not yet safe to be out; I do look back with a lot of pride. But I think the gay community's could do it better in showing their pride. Imagine if everyone was to wear their work cloths/uniforms, and show how diversify we are that way. I think a lot more people would take notice, and even I would again participate.

    Merry Christmas boys.
  • BillandChuck

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    Dec 19, 2013 7:27 AM GMT
    MCB_ saidThis has been brought up before.

    Yes, there are half naked men dancing on floats. But pride parades are about the gay community coming together to celebrate the advancements it has made in society, which have been huge over the last 50 years.

    I'm not sorry that guys in underwear bother our prudish straight society once a year.

    We agree. There's no "logic" to the desire to just BE whomever or however. As said, it's about being able to just BE, the hard-fought battle to get this far and the celebration of the road ahead.
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    Dec 19, 2013 5:54 PM GMT
    If you don't like it or feel embarrassed by it, don't go!

    Just don't forget that the Pride Celebration, regardless of your views, comfort level or feelings for those who participate, is part of the movement that now allows you to have equality at work, marriage in many states, federal benefits and protection against being harmed due to your sexual orientation. You can complain all you want about the skimpy clothed or feminine acting participants but there are more guys celebrating that don't fall into these categories and more vendors that support gay rights in these parades than ever.

    Be proud of where the gay movement has come and the fact that the gay community can still celebrate in a unique way that doesn't need to conform to the heterosexual community. Celebrating diversity and individuality while supporting an entire community that has nearly beaten the foes that work so hard to discriminate, harm and eliminate us is NOT something to be embarrassed about.

    Look to the meaning of the celebration, not the attire of some or the mannerism of other but to yourself and where you would be today, if it were not for lives and the efforts of many gays before you.

    We're here and we're queer….get use to it! Here here!
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    Dec 19, 2013 5:56 PM GMT
    tru_blu_ozzie said
    meninlove said
    Go look at what Miley Cyrus did in her little pink latex bikini on global television, then get back to me. icon_wink.gif


    But that is one little girls, being a rebel. Not thousands of people on mass, misbehaving in public; big difference boys.

    Yet as a Bonafide Homosexual who was out from a very young age, while men still hid away, because it was not yet safe to be out; I do look back with a lot of pride. But I think the gay community's could do it better in showing their pride. Imagine if everyone was to wear their work cloths/uniforms, and show how diversify we are that way. I think a lot more people would take notice, and even I would again participate.

    Merry Christmas boys.


    Well, that one clearly flew right over your head, but to be expected. and Merry Christmas to you. icon_wink.gif

    Now how about explaining the straight parade pics MikeW put up? Hmm?
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    Dec 19, 2013 6:01 PM GMT
    eb925guy saidIf you don't like it or feel embarrassed by it, don't go!

    Just don't forget that the Pride Celebration, regardless of your views, comfort level or feelings for those who participate, is part of the movement that now allows you to have equality at work, marriage in many states, federal benefits and protection against being harmed due to your sexual orientation. You can complain all you want about the skimpy clothed or feminine acting participants but there are more guys celebrating that don't fall into these categories and more vendors that support gay rights in these parades than ever.

    Be proud of where the gay movement has come and the fact that the gay community can still celebrate in a unique way that doesn't need to conform to the heterosexual community. Celebrating diversity and individuality while supporting an entire community that has nearly beaten the foes that work so hard to discriminate, harm and eliminate us is NOT something to be embarrassed about.

    Look to the meaning of the celebration, not the attire of some or the mannerism of other but to yourself and where you would be today, if it were not for lives and the efforts of many gays before you.

    We're here and we're queer….get use to it! Here here!


    This x 1000. Look, those people that you may not like riding those floats, acting all flamboyant, flaming all over the place--They're part of the gay community too.. regardless of whether you're attracted to them or not.. regardless of whether they're your friends or not. They're part of the patchwork that is the LGBT community.. and because they're parading--and been parading for decades--now you can enjoy an open relationship with a man, perhaps marry that man, and raise children with that man.

    Keep that in mind. Because they parade, we all get to move forward.
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    Dec 19, 2013 6:02 PM GMT
    Pride parades are just part of a mainstream American tradition of parades going back at least as far as the Pinkster Fests that were held in the 1600's by Dutch colonists. We love to celebrate. Whether it is ethnic, religious or political, we have always had parades.

    But if we want to be part of the mainstream and have everyone feel welcome including families, we have to act more responsibly. You can celebrate sexuality without nudity. These displays do more harm that good and from my observation a lot of the more extreme displays are done by closet cases.

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    Dec 19, 2013 6:10 PM GMT
    stahrrier saidPride parades are just part of a mainstream American tradition. We love to celebrate. Whether it is ethnic, religious or political, we have always had parades.

    But if we want to be part of the mainstream and have everyone feel welcome including families, we have to act more responsibly. You can celebrate sexuality without nudity. These displays do more harm that good and from my observation a lot of the more extreme displays are done by closet cases.


    That's ironic coming from a guy who hides his face on a gay website.
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    Dec 19, 2013 6:22 PM GMT
    I have no objection to them, but I'm not interested in attending them.
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    Dec 19, 2013 10:53 PM GMT
    When I attended Miami Beach's pride parade a couple years ago 90% of the people lining the route appeared to be straight tourists who were enjoying the spectacle and cheering:

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    The next year attending Long Island's largest Pride Parade (this is in NY an hour from Manhattan, not Topeka or Tulsa) the far more meager audience lining the streets appeared to be 90% gay, and of those 80% were big fat middle aged lesbians:

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    As long as there are small towns there will be a use for Pride parades.
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    Dec 20, 2013 2:59 AM GMT
    Ex_Mil8 saidI have no objection to them, but I'm not interested in attending them.

    Guys that don't like the idea of Gay Pride Parades, need to consider this. A great answer, we're all different, we're not all the same. Be who YOU are.