Do you like gay parades? Have you ever visited them or even took part in them? What is your attitude to such an event?
They look rather strange for me, like any other parades. it is an entertaiment thing, nothing serious and I do not take them serious too. They are just for fun and I would not take part in them, even though I like to have fun.
I am not a fan of gay parades and never took part in them. I do not like any parades at all. It is not for me, even though I like to have some fun, but not in a such way.
I do not see anything interesting in such parades, I do not think it is possible to make friends there or something like that, just to have fun, maybe.
i would like to visit them, it's interesting for me, but i have never took part. it's only the way to express oneself with a lot of people who are think as you, live as you. there is nothing strange in this. of cource some times it's become over the top, but such a human's nature
if i can get in there so i would have a great time. i think so many people with one idea is some thing unbelievable. so i can have there a lot of new friends, i like when my friends from different places and countries, and when i go to the business trip i meet with them or even stay in. and i think that after parades there is a big party, this is i like the most
I think it is a good way to pay attention that there are so many people who love each other, but they are different from majority and they also have right to love, to show their feelings, to create families. From the other hand these parades looks strange for me. they spoil the representation of gays with their strange make-up, costumes like clowns has etc. I think we should call them trasvestit parades not gays ) I would never join such event, but i would never want somebody to drub or to clear away them. I think our goverments should hold in respect everybodys` opinion, not only people with "normal orientation".
For decades homosexuality has been the target of stigma, parades can be the only means to communicate with troubled gay youth, especially those who are deep in the closet. Homosexuality is nothing to be ashamed of. Parades fight back the heteronormative programming that tells gay people that something is wrong with them.Discrimination is alive and breeding within the gay community as well. Parades celebrate diversity within the gay community, it unites the multitudes of niches within the community.Parades are a big fuss they evoke the sentiments(people talk about it) of people-- this may help some paranoid closeted gay person to assess the views of people around him/her, regarding homosexuality.
Parades may have cons, but the pros out weigh them.
For me personally and a lot of other gays, Pride is also about SURVIVAL. I'm not proud of being gay, per se, but I'm absolutely proud that I survived the abuse, the degredation, the depression, the politics, and the religious damnation. As a gay teen growing up in a fundy church in a fundy family in a fundy state, it's an enormous accomplishment.
I also have pride that I managed to blaze my own trail from childhood to adulthood with exactly zero rolemodels and no hope of having a happy life. I raised myself in matters of love and relationships and family. I take pride in a 6 year relationship that's somehow managed to survive relentless attach and degredation.
When you manage to survive as a gay person and you get to the other side of it all, you cannot help but have pride. Straight people will never begin to know what it means because everything gay people fight for is given to them on a silver platter at birth.
Many parades still have at least some of the original political or activist character, especially in less accepting settings. The variation is largely dependent on the political, economic and religious settings of the area. However, in more accepting cities, the parades take on a festive or even Mardi Gras-like character, where by the political stage is built on notions of celebration. Large parades often involve floats, dancers, drag queens, and amplified music; but even such celebratory parades usually include political and educational contingents, such as local politicians and marching groups from LGBT institutions of various kinds. Other typical parade participants include local LGBT-friendly churches such as Metropolitan Community Churches, United Church of Christ, and Unitarian Universalist Churches, Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), and LGBT employee associations from large businesses.
I've got good attitude to such meetings and events. They help us to demonstrate our feelings, our power, and desire to be heard by other people, who don't want to accept us, as we are. I have never visited such events, but I am going to do it once. Hope, that it will happen with my future boyfriend.
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