It’s that time of year, Gentle Reader,, when we in the LGBTQIA community convene for our annual bacchanal. These days, it’s mostly a giant party, concerned less with activism and more with jello shots – but there’s a spirit of camaraderie, of community, that’s hard to find outside the pocket gayborhoods and dim-lit bars. Is the community perfect? Dear lord, no! Is it still important in this day and age? It’s vital. In that spirit, and with an eye turned towards the reason for the season, welcome to Pride Month, Gentle Reader!
This month, as ever, every post will be directly related to the Queer community, to Pride, and to our history. If I can talk them into it, there will be guest bloggers writing about perspectives lived that are not my own. We’ll address some of the problems we face within queer spaces, issues we have in the world at large, and provide some useful information to take away. I’m also joining Grindr and behaving overwhelmingly like myself, which should provoke a few laughs.
Announcements out of the way, I just want to take a moment to bring up a few points about your local Pride celebrations. Obviously, the big city Pride is going to be the wildest one around. People from all over the region will flock to town for the occasion. Celebrities or other notable figures serve as grand marshals; corporations pour money into the event in an attempt to secure the Pink Dollar. These are a hell of a lot of fun, as we all know, especially after the official event’s over and the block parties begin. Be careful, be safe, have fun; make sure you have a place to stay or a designated driver, and be sure to use protection. You wouldn’t want to upset grandmaman, now, would you?
As great as those big celebrations are, though, it’s important to attend smaller events in satellite cities – particularly if they’re just starting out. It may look very sad and small – and frequently they are – and that’s exactly why you need to be there. Especially in rural areas, we need to stand together and be seen, so that those poor children growing up in close-minded homes know that we’re everywhere.
For the sake of those poor isolated souls, make yourself a living symbol; just go there, and stand under the single awning being yourself just as loudly as you can. It’s important.
So you’re going to Pride – of course you’re going to Pride – but how should you behave? Don’t worry, child – Thursday’s post is a primer on Pride etiquette. Stay tuned – and happy pride, honey.