Calgary Pride 2012 – Needed or Not Needed
For years I have been struggling with the dilemma – Are Pride parades doing us good or messing things up? Are we sending a positive message or we are just making things worse?
Every day we live our lives trying to show the straight world that our lives are not much different. We go to work, we pay taxes, we go to college, we donate money, we take care of our children, and we love our families. We are trying so hard to show that our lives are normal and that being gay is not an alternative lifestyle.
And then once a year – flags are flown, crazy outfits are worn, naked bums are shown, all sorts of different comes out and it even scares me. It scares me because I know that the straight community also sees what I see and will not hesitate to use this craziness as ammunition to discriminate against the gay community.
On the other hand, I celebrate diversity. I celebrate the fact that we are so different and we are everywhere, and we are not afraid to laugh, to have fun, to be proud, and to be visible. Being different just means – seeing the world from a different perspective, seeing what others do not see, offering creative solutions, and making this world so much better.
I might not be very comfortable with some outfits, crazy hair styles and some naked body parts but I never forget the reason there is pride parade. It is there to remind us about those who need to know that they are not alone in this world. Bullied kids, bullied adults, abused women and children – these people are the reason we are out there and by “WE” I mean people from all walks of life, all ages, different genders, no gender, bears, skinny, fat, tall, short, disabled….We are there to stand up for our rights to be treated equality.