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About Gay Pride
Gay "Pride" or Gay In Your Face
Let me preface this hub by stating that I support equality for homosexuals. I am also for educating the public on the fact that homosexuality is not a choice and that being homosexual is no more deviant than being left handed. Gay pride parades and events, however, are another story. I think that they only serve to fuel the fire and increase the fears of those who believe being gay is detrimental to society. I mean, seriously... how does exhibitionism further the cause for equality?
Maybe I'm just missing something, but what exactly is the purpose of Gay Pride events? I would think they could be likened to the rallies held by former minorities including women and black people. Those marches and rallies were held to raise awareness and garner support. Sure some were held in protest, but I don't think the intent was to antagonize where the Gay Pride events seem to be intentionally antagonistic.
The photo here was taken at Toronto's Gay Pride parade and was cropped and censored for display on hubpages. I seriously don't have a problem with transexuals either... whatever floats your boat, but does having pride mean putting yourself on public display? Again, I'm all for being proud of you who you are, my concern is that the image being portrayed is that being homosexual is all about sex and flamboyance, and very little about love and respect.
A Protest Against Oppression?
When women took to the streets and burned their bras, they were protesting oppression, and yes, some did bare their chests, but it was not done in a sexual or flamboyant manner. It was a comparison, if you will, to the liberties that men enjoy. It was making a statement. I wonder what statement the sexually explicit garments (and lack thereof) seen in gay pride events are making, or what statement the people are trying to make?
My concern is that these events do little to further the cause for equality. They support and encourage the myth that gay and lesbians are hyper sexual and deviant. I'm just not sure that that is the message the homosexual community wants to be delivering.
Anyone out there who can help me understand?