NEWS BLOG (WSAU) My
feelings are all over the board about
Do the organizers have a right to have a parade? Yes, unquestionably, under their First Amendment Free Speech rights.
Will the parade be less than ‘family friendly’? Probably,
although its impossible to tell since
If there’s nudity or lewd behavior,
Yet I can’t support the comments of
A gay pride parade is a caricature of the gay community, similar to St. Patrick's Day being a caricature of the Irish. I’m an Irish-American. You won’t find me face-down drunk in the streets as a way of celebrating my ancestry. Drinking to excess isn't how I should "pride" in my ethnicity. The drunken Irishman, the fat lazy Mexican, the goose-stepping authoritative German… these are all distortions, although they’re sometimes reinforced by people within those groups. The gay man wearing only a rainbow thong falls into the same category. The marchers are in a gay pride parade are a small sub-set; they aren’t representative of the larger gay community. Some, but not all, are uncomfortable marching in this type of parade.
Most of the gay people I know don’t display their sexuality outwardly. I suppose it’s possible there are other gay people in my life who haven’t revealed their sexuality to me. Pride in who we are is expressed in many different ways. For many, the parade doesn’t fit.