What do you think about LGBT Pride? Is it helpful or hurtful? Encouraged or unnecessary?
I think it is fabulous. The focus is in the process of changing though, to be more inclusive of everyone who isn’t a white cisgender gay man, and I like the direction that is heading. Pride organizers need to remember though, that any sort of shaming of non-monosexual and non-binary people at Pride events is unacceptable – just because we don’t conform to your queer narrative does not mean that this is not our holiday too. Please remember us in your events!
Also, for the love of all that is holy and unholy – do not forget that Pride happens because of a group of non-white transwomen who had the gall to stand up to the establishment for their right to exist without harassment (and worse)!
I have been going to my local Pride parade for the last, I think, 7 or 8 years now. Ever since I started going I haven’t missed one. It is one of the few events where nothing else gets scheduled – that Sunday is sacred. Last year was the first time I marched in the parade (loads of fun), with our local leather contingent (I’m adjacent to that scene, but it still didn’t feel quite right). This year I’m going to be marching with our local bisexual women’s network (they are all gender/no gender inclusive), which feels a lot better to me – I do think I’m going to try to rep the non-binary angle for that.