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Proud of Pride? Is Pride useful anymore?

Sunday, July 31st, 2005

I just posted the below on I’m sure it’ll get a few people all riled up. ๐Ÿ™‚

With the Cork Pride events starting to wrap up and with Dublin Pride 2005 well and truly put to bed, I’m starting to wonder what gay people actually think of Pride. Do they know the origins of Pride, why it came about? Where is the “Pride” aspect of it now? Is getting drunk and adhering to over-the-top stereotypes in any way constructive?

I’ve supported Pride before and given out to people who dissed the march but who turned up to the after parties, but now I wonder what is the use for Pride nowadays. It seems just an excuse to get drunk, party and bitch if straight people think you’re a freak.

After witnessing a bunch of screaming queens parade up and down the main street of Cork about a dozen times in an open top bus while most of the gay people were actually hiding under a big rainbow flag, I have to wonder how that makes me proud. It was funny hearing members of the public ask (seriously) “Are they the Lota kids on a day trip?” too. All people saw or rather heard were screams from a bus with a rainbow flag that was going up and down the street. How is something like that making people aware of the gay community?

As the saying goes, Invisble people will have invisble rights, but is this the way for gay people to make themselves visible? I can see the idea that a pride event gets attention, so yes, someone in big heels and wearing a boa gets your attention, but then what? What’s the message then? It’s like that stupid thing “SEX! Now that I have your attention” but then the person just looks back to shouting “SEX” The Fathers for Justice got attention to their campaign when they scaled Buckingham Palace in a Batman suit. They got the headlines and they had something of substance after they got the attention.

Pride was meant to make the greater community aware that gay people existed. But everyone knows there are gay people everywhere now, trouble is most of the places we see gay people are in stereotype roles on TV and in the media, oh and in parading down the street in drag once a year. My mother talks to me now and again about gay people and talks about certain gay people “Did you know such and such is gay? ” what is unsaid but is implied by her without knowing it “and he’s normal”. I would think it is the same for a lot of the wider community too. “You’re gay? But I couldn’t tell cos all I know are the stereotypes that gay people adhere to and those that don’t adhere to them remain silent.”

Since Pride perpetuates myths or rather makes them reality, is Pride devisive nowadays? It’s not like the Gay Community is doing anything to fight for equality at the moment anyway and make us equals. Certainly now when the “Gay Community” invites the Minister for Injustice to their Film Festival and he is all down with the gays telling them he really gives a damn about their rights, yet is going to Court to stop a middle-aged Lesbian couple from getting what is rightfully theirs, and then “community” publicly congratulate his bullsh1t statement.

I have to wonder what are the priorities for the community. The community seems more interested in putting on gliiter, getting drunk on Smirnoff ice than talking about equality.

Also, why do people only celebrate pride one day in the year? I’m proud to be a pink triangle carrying member of the gay community every day of my life. I’m happy to let people know I’m gay without making an event of it. I don’t feel the need to bring a ghettoblaster into work playing kylie and dancing to her in hotpants, yet many of the people who get drunk to go on a Pride march hide away in their closeted shells the rest of the year.

Should pride be more about encouraging people to break away from stereotypes, about encouraging them to feel comfortable talking about their sexuality in a daily environment and about campaigning for greater equality? It can also be about partying and acting like a twat, but right now it is only about acting like a drunken twat.

Bobs and Bits and Bits and Bobs for July 30th 2005

Saturday, July 30th, 2005

The History of the Ctrl Alt Del key combo with a nice dig at Bill Gates. Bill was unimpressed in the video.

NY Times recommends cheap as in less than โ‚ฌ10 wine.

Schneier on why shot to kill policy for suicide bombers is kinda stupid.

Promise TV – record a whole months worth of TV. Beats the pants off TiVo.

Eliminating verbal Pauses – Uhm this has somemmm good tips.

How to Screen Print a poster.

Productivity tips for avid blog readers.

Transparency International, Ireland Anti-corruption group.

Myself and my Lawyer

Thursday, July 28th, 2005


Was there some kind of statement today?

Thursday, July 28th, 2005

I think I may have missed it in the but apparently some guys up in the North said something that meant something or something.

:Update as of August 2nd: Hello BBC Readers! May I suggest you all visit and bookmark Slugger O’Toole as it is the best website on the politics of Northern Ireland.

Sigur Ros – Dublin November 11th – Prebook Tickets

Thursday, July 28th, 2005

Booked 4 tickets so far:

Fans who’d like to secure tickets to the autumn european tour can now do so on sigur rรณs’s ticket service in some cases, these pre-sale tickets are specially reserved seats for the fans. if the venue does not provide specially reserved seating, klink will provide wristbands to allow early entry into the venue to make sure you get a good spot.

Comments, Movable Type and WordPress

Thursday, July 28th, 2005

Begin backpatting of a sort: So Tom Raftery puts me in the same league as Jonathan Schwartz and Seth Godin and some chap that runs an airplane company that makes “Jumbos”, whatever the hell they are. Thank you Tom, I’m honoured in a way.

My reasons for no comments are all to do with me being lazy and technically ignorant. I was getting hammered on a daily basis with comment and trackback spam. I implemented MT Blacklist but I found even with manually updating it daily, the spammers were outgunning the Blacklist updates.

So, my short-term solution was to block all comments and trackbacks and the long-term solution was to make a switch to a better solution, such as wordpress. Unfortunately I need to educate myself on how to move from MT to WordPress. Now, maybe it’s handy for me that this site is hosted with Blacknight and that Michele is such a WordPress proponent. Perhaps he will in the goodness of his heart offer to do the conversion for me, once I have all of this backed up. *flutters eyelids at Mr. Neylon*

You know, there may be some business for someone that goes around like a Blog handyman and fixes up peoples blogs and helps them to move to a different blogging platform. I’d be happy to give someone a few quid to do it for me.

GPS in Ireland – OpenEir

Thursday, July 28th, 2005

Following on from my recent post suggesting that we link to the OpenEir pages so that they are boosted in Google for the search phrase GPS In Ireland it now looks like Eirepreneur is coming second for that search phrase and fifth for the phrase GPS Ireland. So James, noticed any increase in traffic to the site?

“Oh what a world we live in, straight men…”

Wednesday, July 27th, 2005


The sight of the two boys, crying their eyes out, chained together with handcuffs, behind bars, surrounded by adults who were either powerless or afraid to defend them is much much more disturbing. This photo has the combined power of the reality of a photograph and disturbing imagery of an artistic composition.

It is a haunting image that has left me feeling very raw and will remain with me for a long long time.

That’s a quote from, they are talking about the above pic. Shortly afterwards the two boys, one aged 18 the other 17 were hanged because they had sex with each other.

The two youths — identified only by their initials as M.A. and A.M., were hanged on July 19 in Edalat (Justice) Square in the city of Mashhad in north-eastern Iran, on the orders of Court No. 19.

Schneier on Suicide Bombers

Wednesday, July 20th, 2005

Thinking About Suicide Bombers

Remember the 1996 movie Independence Day? One of the characters was a grizzled old fighter pilot who had been kidnapped and degraded by the alien invaders years before. He flew his plane into the alien spaceship when his air-to-air missile jammed, causing the spaceship to explode. Everybody in the movie, as well as the audience, considered this suicide bomber a hero.

What’s the difference?

Irishblogs lazyweb suggestion – Pub Reviews, Restaurant Reviews

Monday, July 18th, 2005

I’ve an idea for the in regards to using tags to allow aggregators like PlanetOfTheBlogs and IrishBlogs to find specific information. For now it would be pub and restaurant reviews. With everyone now having blogs, why should they reproduce their content on other sites when all other sites have to do is scrape theirs?

Ryan has an excellent Pub Review site but to add content to it he has to have dedicated posters who he trusts. What if PlanetOftheBlogs aggregated any posts on his site and anyone elses in their list of blogs that had the tag ? Same goes for restaurant reviews. Let the people do the work of tagging their reviews and even submitting the url of their rss feeds, besides seeking out reviewers.

The benefit for Ryan and his site would be an increase in traffic as the central aggregator would probably send far more people to him.

Maybe this could be added on to the to-do list for John Breslin? I know you’re reading this John. ๐Ÿ™‚

I came up with this idea after Jarvis pointed to this review of Dinnerbuzz and it seems like a perfect idea for the Irish boggersphere. With a few use of tags such as or or it could be easily implemneted by some clever programmers i.e. NOT me.