So if you're at all aware of what's going on in America this weekend, you've probably noticed that it's time for everyone's favorite polarizing parade, in which the queerasexuals band together and strut around in stillettos, leather, bright colors, and whatever silly gear they can find. For what purpose? Depends on who you ask. Answers range from "to remind straights that we have a voice" to "just to have fun!" to "so the damn gays can shove their beliefs down our throats". If you happen to reside in a small country-fried town, you'll hear a lot more of that last one. Being around the public about 15 hours a day, I overhear a lot of opinions. Sometimes I'm asked for mine, and depending on my geographic location at the time, I often stay politely neutral in order to avoid total ostracization (or in some cases, stoning). What I've been hearing a lot of the last couple days is along the lines of "How can gays expect to be respected and taken seriously if they insist on acting all flamboyant and freakish to shove it down our throats??". (I repeat that phrase there because it's such a favorite among straights and other people whose rights are already in place and whose way of life is in no way threatened by sharing titles and benefits with their fellow citizens.)
I'm not going to launch into a discussion of right/wrong here. I'm not going to expound upon the danger of allowing your government to legislate based on the preferred religious text of whatever group happens to be in the majority at the time. I'm not going to point out all the questionable ways people cherry-pick contradicting parts of said text to base their politics on. It's Friday, and I'm tired, and a blog post isn't going to change anyone's mind. I also have several conservative friends and family members who read what goes on here, and I don't want to make it sound like I think they're stupid for their beliefs; they're not, and I respect their right to those beliefs.
No. What I'm doing today is politely requesting the Pride parade bashers to please shush if all you're gonna do is hate on the fags because some of them choose to sashay around looking like idiots this weekend. This is a special event. It is no different from any special event where everybody involved is basically trying to out-dumbass the person next to them in the name of spectacle. Gays don't have the monopoly on silly public behavior.
Anyone who wants to bitch about it is encouraged to speak up and defend a certain beloved event wherein women show their tits to straight men in exchange for plastic jewelry.
Just sayin'. Unless you can tell me which of these are Pride-related and which are Doo-Dah, St. Patrick's Day, and Mardis Gras, please just keep words like "sanctity" and "freaks" out of your arguments against Pride parades.*
*Haha! Tricked you. None of these pics are from Pride events. Agree to not refer to Pride weekends anymore when we're discussing grown-up politics? Sweet.