Every June there is a gay pride celebration somewhere across the country. There are festivals, parades, concerts, or marches; all in the name of gay pride. Are these celebrations really necessary anymore and what are the positive and negative things about them? Let’s tackle the first question…
Q: Are gay pride celebrations necessary?
A: Yes and No
I came across this article called The counterproductive Nature of Pride Parades (it’s a good read). It makes some valid points both for and against. Personally, I think that gay pride parades are nice to have, but not necessary. Let me explain… There are lgbt people who are able to let loose and walk hand in hand with their partners without feeling ostracized. Depending on where this person lives this may be the only time for such displays of affection.
However, the amount of sex that is “advertised” seems to be exactly what some lgbt people don’t want to be associated with. If you think about certain months; Black history, Women’s history, Hispanic history you could argue that these are necessary either except they are. These groups are still marginalized people and so is the lgbt community, but I think there should be more to be prideful for. Where is this money going that is raised? It is sometimes said that pride parades is a time to let your “freak flag” fly. Why? I guess you have to look at the history of pride parades.
I haven’t been to one in a while, but with recent developments (minus the erroneous bills in MS and NC) there is cause for celebration. However from the outside looking in all people see, especially if it’s their first exposure is sex, s ex, sex. Still in 2016 people equate gay=sex. They see the ass-less chaps and the breast all out, leashes and leather lol. They see this side of the gay community and think it’s a full representation. The lgbt community has been fighting for many years for equal rights and to be viewed as human beings not defined by their sexuality.
To this regard, displaying sexuality in this way can be counterproductive. However, I think they are a celebration just like any other. They are fun and bring many walks of life together and even open up lines of communication for some. Could it be revamped a bit sure, but I’m not the organizer.
The second question…
Q: What are the positive/negative things about pride parades?
A: This answer is in the eye of the beholder. What is positive to one may be negative to another and vice versa.