Pride Parades

  • MarkX

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    Nov 19, 2007 4:20 PM GMT
    My BF and I quickly agreed to disagree on this issue.

    He said he sees nothing to be proud of in parading gay stereotypes down a street.

    I said, with fifty disparate "types" represented, I thought it showed a lot of diversity rather than a "gay stereotype."

    He said, what about the regular guys. Why can't they wear suits, or jeans and t-shirts?

    I said, they do. There are more people who show in up regular clothes to watch the parade than those who march in it.

    Why don't THEY march?

    They're not in a club.

    So, gay pride parades: affirmation or stereotype? Talk amongst yourselves.
  • Laurence

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    Nov 19, 2007 4:48 PM GMT
    Well we've discussed this issue to death on earlier forums.

    The consensus was that some people were embarassed by the flag wearing outrageous types on display thinking they didn't represent them, whilst others thought it was great to make a statement.

    Personally I have marched on lots of parades and have never worn hot-pants or a feather bower. I think they're a great way of showing the straight world we exist. Of course, a lot of those involved are a bit OTT, but hey, as long as they're having fun, why not.
    Bigots are not going to accept us any quicker by us marching along in casual gear not making any noise.

    Things like Gay parades have been around for 30 years and they have played a bit part in making us accepted as part of society.

  • Timbales

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    Nov 19, 2007 5:11 PM GMT
    I'd say if your bf doesn't like pride parades then he should either not go to them or participate to show the variety of gay people out there.
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    Nov 20, 2007 2:50 PM GMT
    every Pride Parade I've marched in I've just worn blue jeans and a t-shirt, and no rainbows. not that I'm not proud, but I just march with my group as me, not someone I'm not. so we do exist out there icon_wink.gif

    A lot of what is seen in Pride Parades are advertisements for gay-friendly businesses, services, and products; so to me it makes a lot of sense that they're going to appeal to some of the prevalent gay stereotypes to attract the crowd's attention. Other parts of the parades that is made up of community organizations and such are out there trying to get attention too, so again, playing out to some of the stereotypes happens. what grabs your attention more, a guy walking in jeans and a T, or somebody covered in rainbows dancing around?
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    Nov 21, 2007 7:49 AM GMT
    I LOVE "Gay PRIDE!" Celebrations! The Parade in Columbus lasts about 2-3 hours and stretches over about 3 miles, through the center of downtown past the State Capitol building! It is LOUD and colorful and the diversity is AMAZING! The city is totally into the festival and normally reports attendance of 150,000 or more just for the parade and festival! It is a month long series of events and the last week of June is jammed with things to do! The lone event for the physically active is a 5K run. This is one of the dissapointments of the festival for me, because it usually only has about 300=400 participants. Though some are SERIOUS runners and turn in excellent 14-15 minute times! The runners are usually not a very flamboyant group, so it doesn't even get very much press coverage, but it is fun! EVERYONE is invited to march in the parade and those that are not in formal groups can march in 3 specific parts of the parade, beginning, middle or the end, and can dress and carry whatever they want. Some are in shorts and shits and sneekers, or shirtless, or in speedos, or leather, or latex or feathers, or costumes or body paint, or whatever. It is a fun and wild time. Rainbows are not required, nor are pink triangles nor HRC equal signs, or any other logo's, just come out, be present and enjoy the diversity of our community.
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    Dec 18, 2007 9:24 PM GMT
    Though i like Pride... i have always felt that it is a celebration, and exhibition, of the stereotypes.