Two weeks ago I was reading someone’s blog post about gay pride and being “politically correct.” [bold emphasis my own]
I believe this nation has had all it can stand where political correctness is concerned.
Correctness? Who came up with that one anyway?
Do you want to know what it was that got me started on this tirade?
Tonight, in my hometown, there’s a Capital Pride Parade.
The “Capital Pride Parade” the writer mentions is in Des Moines, Iowa, and the parade disrupted his evening commute home, which caused him to have a tirade about the event, LGBT people, and gay pride.
Can you imagine a PRIDE parade igniting a tirade in someone? While I’m not a psychiatrist or psychologist, I think his comment would suggest that this man has more issues than just a “gay pride” parade.
Regardless, the comment also highlights that in spite of our success in courtrooms and the political arena, we have lots of work to do. That’s why it’s important for OUR community, or the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities where we live, to come out and support the annual PRIDE Parades and Festivals that organizers work so hard to produce year after year.
I said that “we connect with our friends, our neighbors, our families, our allies, and our acquaintances, to celebrate our LGBT community. This exercise gives us a very public platform to remind the world that we’re here, and we’re not going anywhere.”
What I didn’t write about is the fact that most of the PRIDE celebrations wouldn’t succeed without the support of the entire community, which includes local government and infrastructure, including police, fire, and emergency services personnel.
It’s a collaborative effort between straight and LGBT people alike, that produce these celebrations, we’ve come to know as PRIDE. And there’s a nationwide trend in every city across the country, to make each event more family friendly.
What I’ve come to realize is that these public events aren’t just for us, they are for everyone in our community.
Writer Veronica Valli wrote an excellent blog post about TexAss governor Rick Perry and his ignorant remarks equating alcoholism and homosexuality, and I encourage everyone to read it. [CLICK HERE] She said:
I don’t want to get into a liberal/conservative argument here, but by doing a little Google research it’s evident that alcoholism is in fact a disease and homosexuality is an innate sexual preference.
Neither alcoholism or homosexuality is a ‘choice.’
I was thinking about this when I happened to be in Nashville last weekend. It was their annual gay pride celebration so my husband and I decided to go along. It was a very family friendly event and along with our 2-year-old we had a blast.
Veronica and her family had a blast! Kudos to Nashville PRIDE for producing what looks and sounds like a fantastic event.
We often live in our segregated LGBT world, and “straight” America doesn’t understand or comprehend what PRIDE means, and some find it a threat. If they’d open their eyes and actually look and see, they’d find a small minority community celebrating love with a raucous parade. They would discover a family friendly community festival, with food and drinks and music and local organizations, attended by their friends and neighbors.
Whether you have gaydar or not, you are welcome at every gay PRIDE parade and festival in the country. Even Vladimir Putin would be welcomed (in fact, he needs to go).
I assure you that you’ll cheer, laugh, applaud, and perhaps sneer, and at some point you might find yourself shedding a tear.
It’s those pesky feelings we have that make humans unique, which is why I implore everyone to go take a peek.
GAY LGBT PRIDE PHOTO GALLERIES
Unless you are on a small screen mobile device, when you’re looking at a PRIDE photo gallery on the pages following this blog post, click on the full screen icon in the upper right hand corner, for the best view and optimum size.
I wanted to post these photo galleries so that everyone could see them, straight and gay alike.
The PRIDE Photo Galleries are curated from Flickr and Instagram photos of various PRIDE celebrations and parades around the country.
I know that photos and videos consume a tremendous amount of bandwidth, and that’s why I created separate html5 PRIDE photo galleries for each city, because it cuts down on the load time for each page.
If someone sees a photo of theirs that they want taken down, please contact me and I will honor your request.
I want to extend a special thanks to Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, for allowing me to use some of their photos of Boston PRIDE. I also want to thank photographer Patrick Lentz of Patrick Lentz Photography and Design, for giving me permission to use his PRIDE photos.
Happy PRIDE month! And don’t forget to LIVE OUT LOUD.
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