I identify as queer, primarily, when faced by acronyms. Pride is a tricky one. It is necessary for solidarity and prone to turning ugly when power is gained. That said, I’m vocal about human rights, always. They should be applied to all humans. All. Humans. I have no time for hetero whines about how they don’t have pride marches..they kinda do, Hitler led a few. Any minority who is actively legislated/discriminated against needs a pride movement, as an activist statement. In South Africa in the Eastern Cape, East London’s first ever pride march this year was an intensely brave, beautiful and honourable thing. I don’t care what people say about big city pride marches “just being parties,” because if they hadn’t grown to prominence, the message wouldn’t trickle down to areas like mine. I saw true pride that day, just pride in our community and all it did is ask for equal rights. It is sad that the rest of the human race needs to be lobbied about it. Pride only tends to hurt bigots and frankly my dear…
Day 9 – What do you think about LGBT Pride? Is it helpful or hurtful? Encouraged or unnecessary?