Tuesday, May 27, 2008
So what does Gay Pride really mean? When I attended NYC's Pride, I remember the parades, parties, overcrowded streets of Christopher and Chelsea. In Phoenix, there was a small parade and booths showcasing art, condoms, porn stars and leather. But I honestly couldn't tell you what we were celebrating.
Pride is suppose to be a reflection of the oppressive days and a celebration of a prosperous future for equality and change. However, I see more go-go boys marching towards the bar than to freedom. Anytime I pick up a mini-mag or flyer, there's some half naked guy telling to me to celebrate pride weekend. And although the guy may be cute, I wonder if we lost the real reason for the "gay" season.
I feel that battle at Stonewall is reduced to $2 drinks and a lap dance with your favorite amateur website star? I hope not, I hope there's more with Gay Pride than partying, too many people lost so much for us. We should take a minute to remember that. I'm not saying that we shouldn't party, I just wish I knew about others things. Like, the history of Stonewall? Who organized the first Pride gathering? What was the purpose of the first organizers? Sure, I can google the info, but I think it's imperative that we all know our history. It would give us a stronger reason to march down those glittery streets.