Pride 2008 @ Linda's
Has it already been almost a year since the picture above was taken? I don't even call it Gay Pride anymore since about half the friends I celebrate it with are straight. It's been a busy with week with me shutting down the office at my day job and I haven't really paying much attention that Gay Christmas is almost upon us.
While I was bummed when the parade left Broadway for 4th Avenue a couple of years ago, it's a real good indicator of acceptance. Every year I have a couple of friends (straight and gay) ask me why do 'teh gays' think a pride celebration is still necessary. I can see their point - in a town like Seattle, it can seem redundant (according to census records, Capitol Hill is one of the gayest neighborhoods in the country). But then I think back to the events of this past year and I'm reminded that the rest of the country isn't quite as progressive as Seattle. A lot of bad stuff went down this year: the passage of Prop 8 (and even worse measures in other states), Obama and his DOMA brief (and slow work on repealing DADT), and continued hate crimes like case of Angie Zapata, So yes, I do still think it's necessary. And I know we're getting kind of boring and integrated. But I think this pride is going to be different because thanks to MA, CT, IA, VT, ME and NH, we have a lot to celebrate this year, too!