Went to the Seattle Pride Parade + Festival today. Afterward, a friend asked us how it was. "There was a lot of leather, nudity, and we got a bunch of condoms." Is that what being gay is all about? Is it all about unabashed promiscuity and the celebration of fetishes?
After hearing our description of the festival, the friend responded "yeah, that sounds like Pride." I suppose as an outsider that's what you would gather from the parade and party afterward. What do you think?
Not shown - lots of very large boobies, on bicycles and otherwise, multi-colored bodies and penii (also both on and off bicycles), scantily clad persons of every color, body type, and persuasion in various stages of mock-intercourse, etc.
I've often wondered why it's called "Pride" anyway. Pride is a "sin," according to the Bible; and even for the non-religious it's generally believed to be something negative. Aren't we supposed to be humble, not prideful? Then I read this interesting article on the Huffington Post the other day, in defense of Pride:
Given the long-standing historical condemnation of pride as the root of all sin in the Christian tradition, how can we understand LGBT pride to be a blessing and not a sin? As an openly-gay theologian, teacher of theology, and ordained minister, I believe that sin is not just limited to pride or inordinate self-love. Rather, sin -- defined as the way in which, despite our best intentions, we inevitably turn our backs on who God has created us to be -- can also take the opposite form ofinordinate self-hate or shame, something that many LGBT people experience from a very early age.
In other words, sin is not just a matter of lifting oneself up too high (as in the case of Satan, the rebellious angels, or Adam and Eve), but it is also a matter of failing to lift oneself up high enough. Many LGBT people have been taught to hide in the shadows as a result of being taunted and tormented by our peers from an early age. We are constantly told that what we do is unnatural and that God hates us. Is it any wonder, then, that so many LGBT people suffer from a toxic degree of self-hate and shame?So, then, Pride is a response to society's preference that those living the "gay lifestyle" do so in private, in the shadows, and with a healthy dose of self-condemnation and self-hatred. Pride (as in the month, or the festival) is then a time to instead celebrate oneself in the face of a culture that would rather one hate oneself. And if it's a little flamboyant and over-the-top that's defensible given the conditions gay folks are often forced to live in the rest of the year.