(Update 3: To clarify I thought Fiona’s post was wonderful and there should be more coming out stories for people to read and relate to.)
I’m totally cynical about gay pride parades. (See my views about the Pride parade in Cork last year.) To me it’s a once a year spectacle where all those afraid to leave their hairdressing salons and gay bars come out in force and let people know that gays exist. Like people didn’t know this. To me it’s quite insulting that the parades use the idea of furthering gay rights when it’s just another excuse to put on mascara and glitter and get drugged and drunk. How many that partake in those parades have ever actually campaigned for equal rights? Fiona is a tiny minority.
How many actually live in the world outside the clammy incestuous gay community? The parade seems more like a bunch of queers invading the straight world for a half day and then they’ll all disappear into the gay bars again by nightfall. They should be proud of who they are all the time and without the crutch of the drag queen in 10inch high heels. A community that demands integration but hides out in gay bars and refuses to mix with any of the rest of the community doesn’t deserve to be taken seriously. Though the Pride parades of nowadays seem to suggest they don’t want to be.
There’s a lot more to be done in regards to equality in this country yet I don’t see most of those attending the parades as the ones doing it.
EDIT: Hello to the QueerID folks that Declan sent this way.