No Gay Pride Parade for Me, Thanks

Let's hope they won't be necessary in the future: Bre Degrant
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 27, 2011 12:06 PM CDT
No Gay Pride Parade for Me, Thanks
The annual Gay Pride parade works its way through Christopher Street in Greenwich Village, Sunday, June 26, 2011, in New York.   (AP Photo/Louis Lanzano)

Bre Degrant is a lesbian—but she refuses to go to a gay pride parade. Pride is a feeling derived from one’s achievements, she writes in Salon, and being born gay isn’t an achievement. “So why do my fellow gays gather each June to parade through the streets singing YMCA on floats filled with women dressed in chaps and men dressed as Cher, to celebrate being something they couldn’t help being?”

“I guess, for now, Gay Pride Month has to exist,” she allows, because gays and lesbians are still an oppressed minority. But society is growing more accepting every day. “As we evolve from a psychiatric case to just another person, do we still need to actively disassociate ourselves from mainstream society and our straight counterparts?” she asks. Besides, she adds, “too many half-naked Bears on Bikes could scar anyone hoping for a simple, family-friendly parade.” Click for the full column or a similar take by another columnist. (Read more gay pride stories.)

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