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What we now call “Pride Month” (formerly June) began as “Gay Freedom Day” back in the 1970s. (I learned quite a bit about its history while researching a novel about a time-traveling gay rock star who saves the world from Madonna with help from David Bowie and Yoko Ono.) In the early years, pride events were opportunities — in the pre-internet Dark Age — for gays and lesbians to meet one another and socialize, away from the sleaze of the bars and bathhouses. (Of course, the bars and bathhouses were also packed during these events, but still…)
At some point in the 1980s, “Gay Freedom Day” became “Pride Week.” By the 21st century, it had expanded to a full month … and then two months, one for pride and one for celebrating LGBT history. As they consumed ever more dates on the calendar, they claimed victory after victory. Until, finally, everything the gay rights movement claimed as their goals back in the 1980s had been achieved.
Gays and lesbians are no longer on the margins but are broadly accepted in the mainstream of society. Gays now enjoy the unalloyed support of both major political parties and are embraced by all major religions (with one gigantic exception). Employment discrimination, as a practical matter, does not exist. Corporations, in fact, brag about their “not at all secret gay agendas.”
The gay rights movement won everything, but admitting victory would have meant professional advocates giving up a lucrative money stream. I mean, come on, you couldn’t expect people at the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (P-FLAG), or the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force to give up their plushy advocacy “work” and get real jobs. To continue their easy lives of cashing donor checks and performative protest, they needed to take on new causes. Just as “Pride” consumed evermore of the calendar, the activist movement centered on sexual proclivity consumed more and more of the alphabet (LGBTQQIP2SAA, LGGBDTTTIQQAAPP).
This need for a new purpose is how forcing bakers and florists to participate in gay weddings and letting biological males use the ladies’ room became “civil rights issues.” Even the 2016 Libertarian candidate for president stated that for government not to force bakers to participate in gay weddings was tantamount to permitting people to murder each other in the name of religion. An allegedly conservative Supreme Court ruled that the Government could, probably, force you to bake a cake for a gay wedding as long as they weren’t too explicit about their religious animosity.
That wedding cakes and bathrooms became the rallying cry for LGBTQ+ activists proved that they had lost the thread. The current push to indoctrinate young children in “Queer Ideology,” encourage pre-teens to go on hormone drugs, and take little kids on field trips to drag clubs shows any sensible person the LGBTQ+ activists have not just lost the thread, they’ve lost their damn minds. But the Alphabet People have so much political and social power now that calling them out on their insanity can only be done from outside the mainstream. J.K. Rowling found herself pushed out of the mainstream simply for planting her flag on the existence of two distinct biological sexes. The Alphabet People have so much power that they can deny biological reality itself.
Pride Month is no longer a rally for a disadvantaged minority, but a raw assertion of the vast social and political power of a no-longer disadvantaged minority. Entertainment networks promote programming aimed at alternative sexual orientations and lifestyles. Every corporate logo becomes a rainbow flag (except in Mohammedan lands, of course). Kellogg’s even released an LGBT-themed cereal (based on Froot Loops, appropriately enough) aimed at children. The rainbow flag flies over government buildings and diplomatic outposts as though proclaiming their conquest by a foreign power.
The gay rights movement of the 1970s won everything it set out to win and more. It now occupies our institutions of government and culture and is using its power to enact retribution on all who previously opposed them.
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