Day 9 – What do you think about LGBT Pride? Is it helpful or hurtful? Encouraged or unnecessary? 

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…

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2 responses to “Day 9 – What do you think about LGBT Pride? Is it helpful or hurtful? Encouraged or unnecessary? 

  • Peachy Keen

    very well written! it is always cool to get a completely different perspective. sometimes, i forget that the world is bigger than the u.s. of a. so in ways, some of us definitely take our expression of pride for granted. honestly, it still gets debated/protested here but we’ve been “proud” for so long, i’m not sure we even notice anymore!

  • Moominboy

    All people should be able to express pride in what they are. So I say rock on! Having said that, such expressions of pride should be restricted to matters of how people are, not what they do. So LGBT Pride, Ginger Pride or Black Pride are totally cool. But the second kind could lead to Ignorance Pride, Nazi Pride or Lazy Pride (I’d totally participate in that one :P ).

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