Tag: Gay Pride

Pride Month as an Exercise of Raw Political Power

 

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.

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It is June 1st, the beginning of Pride Month. We will see rainbows popping up everywhere to symbolize this month-long event, from corporate logos to flags flying over government facilities to bumper stickers and posters. Where did the rainbow come to symbolize Gay Pride, along with iterations that represent other sexual proclivities possessed by individuals? […]

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Call it virtue signalling.  Call it what you will.  Every once in a while a meme pops up that encapsulates exactly what I am thinking.  So it was with this one.  I had seen various poor shots of the gay Gadsden and kept looking for a decent straight-on shot that wasn’t a poor photo of […]

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