In Honor Or Pride Month....Tell Us Why You Are Proud To Be Gay!

  • metta

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    Jun 18, 2010 7:15 AM GMT
    In Honor Or Pride Month....Tell Us Why You Are Proud To Be Gay!

    (NOTE: If you are not proud....there is no need to post....that is not the point of the thread. I would like this to be an inspiring thread.)



    I'm pretty proud of how most of the openly gay community has dealt with fighting for equality. Most of the time, I think we have taken the higher road. And even though we have lost so many times, we just keep getting back up and pushing forward.

    I also love seeing so many young people, from all over the World, feeling more comfortable about being out and who they are. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jun 18, 2010 2:37 PM GMT
    I think this an important topic.
    You did touch on the two main points I thought of.
    We have perseverance. With all of the blatant bigotry and hatred, we keep fighting for our dignity. The Prop 8 fight is our most recent example. Deep down we know justice will overtake fear and lies.

    We have courage in our blood.

    It blows my mind when so many teens declare themselves gay today. It is amazing.

    We seem more open minded and accepting of people because we know intolerance.
  • tazzari

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    Jun 18, 2010 2:52 PM GMT
    On the one hand, I'm no more proud to be gay than I am proud to be 6', or white, or right-handed. it's simply who I am.

    On the other hand, I am glad to be gay because I am convinced that it has made me a better, more aware, more tolerant person, when I might otherwise have been a self-satisfied white, middle class, protestant lump.

    And I'm proud of the gay community for it's continued, non-violent efforts to achieve equality, even more proud of its compassion and the way it has taken care of its own. I wish sometimes it would do less in-fighting, but for a community which has only emerged in the last 50-odd years, and done so in the face of ignorant hostility and violence - there is much to be proud of.

    Nat
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    Jun 18, 2010 4:25 PM GMT
    I'll change the world.
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    Jun 18, 2010 4:41 PM GMT
    What a great question!

    I have to agree with Tazzari in that I have never though about it as being proud of being gay.

    Rather, I am proud that I live my life openly and without shame for being part of this community. I am proud that I can wake up every day loving who I am and what I have done with my life despite the obvious challenges the community faces. I am proud that my family, friends and associates have learned to embrace and respect the gay community because of the respect and honesty I have shown them.

    Mostly, I am proud to be associated with (however loosely) the many amazing individuals who have at great personal risk paved the way and continue to forge new paths for all of us to live with dignity and respect.
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    Jun 18, 2010 4:51 PM GMT
    Right now, I'm having trouble with that idea.
  • miamivibe

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    Jun 18, 2010 5:00 PM GMT
    I'm proud to be gay because with all the bigotry that exists, it's a feat to just be yourself and not have to live a double life -- or put those dreaded words in my profile "straight acting". We still have a long way to get full rights, so lets literally have our best face on and push forward icon_wink.gif
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    Jun 18, 2010 5:20 PM GMT
    I don't know... maybe it's just the internal weather. I got issues upon issues. An audience of haters whom won't let me forget my wrongs and a twitch that won't go away. I wish some people would just take their talking somewhere else. It's killing me!!
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    Jun 18, 2010 5:24 PM GMT
    Im not but I was depressed when I didnt except myself.
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    Jun 18, 2010 5:24 PM GMT
    I agree with Tazz on both counts.

    I´m also proud of living in a society that (in general) DOES treat being gay the same it treats having blue eyes: it makes no difference to anything.
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    Jun 18, 2010 5:38 PM GMT
    I'm proud to be gay because a lot of gay guys I know have a better handle on sex and sexuality than anyone I've ever met.

    I'm proud to be gay because a lot of us are good friends with our ex-boyfriends and that's not something you see a lot in the straight world: post-relationship-peace.

    I'm proud to be gay because in San Francisco, where I live, guys hold hands and hug each other outside. They're not afraid to show affection and love.

    I'm proud to be gay because I love the attention to little aesthetic details in design, fashion, and even the way we walk and talk.

    I'm proud to be gay because it takes a lot of effort, pain, and time to come to a place where we don't have to apologize for who we are, an many of us come to it anyway. I don't just mean admitting we're attracted to other men. I also mean admitting we like dancing or nice clothing or that we don't mind that we or our friends have lisps.

    I'm proud to be gay because it gets me laid at the gay nude beach.

    I'm proud to be gay because it's led me to a great bunch of guys.

    I'm proud to be gay because it brings the question of humanity, love, and compassion to those who aren't gay.
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    Jun 18, 2010 6:01 PM GMT
    I'm proud to be gay because I have found an enormous strength from within. Because of all the bigotry, ignorance and hate I encountered growing up (and still do today) I have realized it has made me emotionally stronger than most people. I know that anything I want to do is possible, I just have to believe in myself and not in the hurtful words and deeds of others. I am who I am. Take it or leave it. Your loss if you leave it because I am wonderful.
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    Jun 18, 2010 6:58 PM GMT
    I'm proud of the fact that embracing that aspect of myself has enriched my life in ways I would have never expected. I may not fit a stereotype but even if I did it wouldn't matter because I've learned to love myself and my other gay LGBT brothers and sisters no matter what. Learning to accept myself has allowed me to accept others.
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    Jun 18, 2010 8:41 PM GMT
    Lostboy saidI agree with Tazz on both counts.

    I´m also proud of living in a society that (in general) DOES treat being gay the same it treats having blue eyes: it makes no difference to anything.


    I know the OP wanted to steer the thread. What he meant to say is why we are not ASHAMED to be gay. But I understand that this is PRIDE month.

    But I also want to point out that one should be proud of an achievement. So, while I accept that I have been made gay, just as I was born Italian, I am proud of the fact that many gay people have stood up in courage to demand equality.

    I am proud that, as a group, I think, we are fitter than our straight counterparts, and that we have contributed disproportionately (yes, I can't prove that...but, think, Davinci, Michelangelo, Copland, Barber, Bernstein, Tchaikovsky and on and on) to reflective thought in society and finer arts.

    I am proud of our color sense, Aaron Schock not withstanding. :-)
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    Jun 18, 2010 10:43 PM GMT
    Aaron Schock...ha ha!


    Anyway, pride is me being No Shrinking Violet. Nobody picks on Teh Gays in my presence, most people like and respect me.

    I'm happy to be on this planet, happy I wasn't burdened with the need to seek pussy and procreate. Proud of my happiness? Well, yes.

    My genes, at least in the gay area, got it right.
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    Jun 18, 2010 11:12 PM GMT
    I think one shouldn't necessarily be proud of this fact on its own; rather acknowledge it the way you would/should acknowledge any aspect of your personality, of you.
    In that respect, being gay is a part I wouldn't exist without; I guess one could say it makes me a human being in the end.
    I hope it makes sense...
  • mybud

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    Jun 18, 2010 11:18 PM GMT
    I'm proud I follow my heart when it comes to love......and I have never regretted it...BUD
  • Wisco_Guy

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    May 14, 2011 2:48 AM GMT
    I somewhat agree about the str8 acting comment. Don't we have enough labels in our community already. Yet we ourselves label each other? I also don't believe in bi, just come out of the closet already. If you can not omit to yourself who you are as being a gay man you will not find true love with any man.
    miamivibe saidI'm proud to be gay because with all the bigotry that exists, it's a feat to just be yourself and not have to live a double life -- or put those dreaded words in my profile "straight acting". We still have a long way to get full rights, so lets literally have our best face on and push forward icon_wink.gif
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    May 14, 2011 2:56 AM GMT
    I'm proud to love men. Go awesome men!
  • sumkindoflife

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    May 14, 2011 3:03 AM GMT
    i am proud for MANY reasons.
    but one of the main reasons i am proud to be gay is because so many people in this country and this world think that i shouldnt be.
    fuck them. icon_smile.gif