It's factually incorrect to say that things haven't changed. I opened a gay nightclub in 1989 and things are certainly different from then and now. And blatantly difference fron 1969 and now.
Did anyone go out dancing last night? I have older friends who routinely expected to be rounded up and tossed in jail overnight if they danced with another male back in 'their day'. Perhaps the discrimination they experienced is so fierce that we block it out as 'naw, that couldn't have happened'. Yet it did. We have progressed.
But before we slap on our Pride gear and congratulate ourselves, we should realize that we have many, many miles to go. There is tremendous hatred in our community. Ageism, racism, etc. We've seen it repeatedly in forum posts on here. God forbid anyone should date someone X years older than he is (even proposing a 'formula' to determine what 'appropriate' desire is). Innumerable posts tell us that an RJer of ethnicity X can't get a date with ethnicity Y. I'm reminded of when I asked a very good friend of mine (who happens to be black and gay) whether Martin Luther King could get us gay rights if he were in his heyday and our community's spokesman. "Nope," he said, "too old and too black". Scary, but I fear, true.
I think the black community gained quite a leap in civil rights by realizing that cohesion is an important social and political tool. Even the terms 'brothers' and 'sisters' as used by their civil rights proponents spoke to that concept. The gay community is completely fractionalized and marginalized. By ourselves. There is precious little cohesion and much more blatant division. We are too busy valuing the meaningless (a 'look' or a 'fashion') and too little concerned with letting the world know that we are real people of real value. We are often so consumed by sex that we can't see beyond the bottle of lube on the nightstand.
So, maybe this pride, recognize where we've been and how far we've come. But for god's sake, don't be satisfied. Ask where we are going. What our community will be like in another 40 years. Because many of the minds on here will be steering our community's ship to that destination.