In most large (and perhaps even not-so-large) cities in The United States in summer/spring, there’s a “Gay Pride Parade.” Homosexuals of a variety of sexual fetishes dress up and march down streets, displaying their preferences to all who may pass by.
This season is almost as contentious among homosexuals as Marching Season in Northern Ireland is between Protestants and Catholics. Debates, arguments, and heated, vicious exchanges abound throughout the so-called gay community on whether these parades are a good idea or not. On the one hand, supporters of the parade say this is a celebration of what makes homosexuals unique, a celebration of their sexuality, a celebration of their diversity. Politics also play a role: it matters which politicians or political authorities sponsor, march in, and oppose the parades. This gives homosexuals a good guideline which politicians to support, which to pressure, and which to staunchly oppose. (As if one issue ought to matter.) On the other hand, opponents to the parade say that these unwelcome lascivious demonstrations of sexuality do nothing but entrench the sexualization of the gay community, reinforce negative stereotypes about homosexuals (which hinders society’s acceptance and tolerance of homosexuals), and serve no purpose but to give people an excuse to engage in debauchery. Which, evidently, they do anyway, parade or no.
I have my own opinions about these parades, but supporters of these parades would do well to remember that by setting themselves so apart from their counterparts (heterosexuals) they only undermine their goals of being tolerated and accepted. Non-homosexuals will feel no reason to tolerate or accept anyone who behaves in such a fashion, nor should they be expected to. If a person wants an aspect of himself to be tolerated and/or accepted, he will behave himself responsibly accordingly. By such irresponsible, not to mention uncivil and immoral, behavior, homosexuals who participate in such parades only prove they don’t deserve society’s acceptance yet. For years homosexuals have been saying that they are no different from heterosexuals, and yet every year they insist on disproving their point. They also say that what they do in their bedroom should be no one’s business. This can be granted them. Why, then are they marching down the streets? That doesn’t look very private to me.
What they say and what they do are sometimes so different. It is no wonder that people misunderstand what sort of people homosexuals really are. Not all are depraved exhibitionists: but these people should not hijack the issue.
Pride, meaning confidence in oneself according to one’s abilities, is a good thing. But pride for pride’s sake is a dangerous and disastrous thing. This “gay pride” is manifestly wrong. Homosexuals need to get that straight in their mind (no pun intended). One has no reason to be proud of one’s sexual preferences. It’s not an accomplishment, it’s neither an asset nor a liability: it’s simply one factor among many that make up someone’s personality. To take pride in it, in desire to celebrate it, and to flaunt it are all very wrong ways of dealing with one’s sexuality.