It's that time of year again!
Colorful flags hang from street signs.
People in bright outfits are everywhere,
some in furry, high-heeled boots,
others in speedos and fuzzy, white angel wings.
Everywhere you look you see some outrageous something
sure to boggle your mind and wow your senses.
No, I'm not talking about the circus.
I'm talking about PRIDE!
I have mixed feelings about Pride.
On the one hand I LOVE celebrations.
I love getting excited and being proud about who I am.
I love being surrounded by community,
by people I have never met but with whom I have something in common.
I love mingling and making new friends
and basking in the contagious energy of it all.
I love being in a place where I don't have to worry about being gay
where I know I will be accepted and loved.
I love expressing myself.
And where better to do that than at Pride?
Where better to let your colors shine??
On the flip side, Pride kind of embarrasses me.
I don't feel like is does a super job of representing the gay community.
It's not something I would take my family to.
Sure I want them to support me and to love that part of me
and to be involved in my life.
But exposing them to the outrageous, extreme things that happen at Pride??
No thank you.
That would not help me bridge the family gap AT ALL.
We get pinned for being "sinners" and "unnatural" and "perverts"
and then we walk around the streets of our cities dressed like this:
Unnatural? I don't see anything unnatural. Do you???
Can't we tone it down a little and let the world know
that we are just PEOPLE?
We have jobs and drive cars and eat food and poop and breath oxygen
just like everybody else!
This isn't our everyday.
Most people at pride are in jeans and t-shirts anyway.
We don't dress up and party like this any more than other people.
Saying that all gay people are always this extreme and in-your-face is like saying that all people who attend the 4th of July parade ALWAYS wear red, white, and blue, walk around in large groups blowing horns and throwing candy at small children, and hold strings attached to giant, floating balloons made to look like their favorite cartoon characters.
That's just silly.
Though I may not totally agree with all that happens at Pride,
it's a celebration!
Celebrating who we are and being able to accept and love ourselves
is worth a party if you ask me.
What do you guys think about Pride?
Would you change something about it if you could??