Apr 30, 2009 10:43 PM GMT
I live in a big city where there's an annual pride parade that's like a really big deal. I went last year, but this year I'm thinking: what exactly am I going there for and what exactly am I being proud of? Yes, there are quite a few activists marching, but it seems like the original purpose of the parade - calls for freedom and liberation - became outdated in a city like New York. The vast majority of the parade today consists of people who just want to get laid and dress appropriately. Why is pride reduced to that? What were the battles fought for? To be able to wear an outrageous outfit and get laid under the bushes? That's fun and all, but we already have places designated specifically for such activities, and the parade itself just promotes the stereotype we're all familiar with. When debates for a pride parade take place in places that are much less accepting and tolerant, the first "argument" used against it are the pictures of parades such as the one in NYC. Maybe other parades are different, I haven't seen them, but maybe this can start a discussion of some sort.