Brad Smith (jesus_h_biscuit) wrote,
Brad Smith

On Gay Pride, Gay Shame, and Being Proactive

Due to circumstances beyond our control, we will not be attending Pride this year. Next year, sure - but you cannot always do the things you want to do. I still think it is important, and will always stand in support of the communal sense of unification it brings myself and others. Which brings me to the point of this post.

I've written before on the importance of marching in a Pride parade at least once in a lifetime. I've written on Gay Pride & Gay Shame (see "Be Who You Know You Are" [link]), and extensively on activism (see "That's MISTER Faggot to you... " [link] -wow, 804 comments, a record!). There's other fun stuff, like "12 Reasons Why Gay People Should Not Be Allowed To Get Married" [link] and "A Questionnaire For All You Heterosexuals" [link]. Some is meant to be very tongue-in-cheek, like "The New & Improved Homosexual Agenda", [link]. That was just too much fun. I repost these links because I want people to understand where I'm coming from, essentially.

I march to remember and honor those fierce queens who paved a way for me to be unafraid and speak my mind by picking up a brick at Stonewall, those who really lived life and were unapologetic for who they knew they were and taught me to be a shameless faggot without the bullshit posturing. I march so that those who feel isolated and disconnected and otherwise alone in this world will hopefully feel those things slightly less. I march for those who would be there with me, were it not for the choices and actions of others who live now with bloodied hands. I march for Bill Clayton Matthew Shepard, Barry Winchell, Brandon Teena, Harvey Milk, Gwen Araujo, Travis, Danny Overstreet, Billy Jack Gaither, JR Warren, Tyra Hunter, the hundreds of thousands of others. I march for the hope of a resonant understanding of transgendered people and gender issues in general, so that they will one day be societal nonissues. I march for marriage equality, so that we may all have a choice to follow our hearts. I march for those who have no choice and would rather be seen dead than different. I march in support of common sense and logic. I march because I'm pissed off and want to fight fire with fire. I march because it is the best way I can set an example for (and to inspire) those too frightened to stand up and be heard. I march because there are still good people in the world, in spite of the odds. I march because if nothing else, someone somewhere needs me to march in solidarity, even if they don't know me.

I march because I will not be complacent, I will not be told what to think, how to feel, what to say, who to be, or how to appear. That's the whole point. I march to remain unafraid, because FUCK "THEM".

Be who you know you are. Link to this post at will.
Tags: activism, pride, shame

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