Hey guys! Long time, no write - or read! I had such a fun weekend, I thought I'd write about some of it. For the first time in about 20 years I went to spectate the Pride Parade in New York this past weekend. I especially wanted to go in light of the last year and all of the negativity floating about. There is so much division, anger, frustration, and intolerance. I wanted to get a shot in the arm of something positive, open, and welcoming. It was such a fun day once I found a spot to stand. This parade gets more and more popular every year.
Progress has been made with LGBT rights but there is still a lot more work to be done. Now that the Supreme Court has decided to look at the "Wedding Cake" case from Colorado, such objections make me shake my head just because of religious views. I just hope the SC will review this and realize that this is just another form of discrimination and should not be tolerated. Where do you draw the line? Can a doctor refuse to treat a trans person because they think they're a freak?
I digress, the parade is more as a celebration now but it started as a march that took place June 1970, one year after the Stonewall riots, as a form of protest. Over the years the march has turned more celebratory but there is still a lot of politics and causes represented in the parade. Check out my Instagram pics below (scroll right!)
Early in the parade you see the politicians shaking hands and waving flags, then you have civil rights and other protest groups making their statements. Once all this passes, the corporate sponsor floats appear with the dance music thumping and everyone gets into party mode. The corporate sponsorship was a bit much but they do give away lot of freebies...
Maybe it's part of that bubble I feel like I live in and sometimes get defensive about, but I was really happy to see people come together and celebrate this way. I wish to see this more. I love that I live in a state that supports the LGBT community and that I live in such close proximity to NYC. Not all of New York state is like this which is frustrating, I don't get it. I don't understand why there are still people who feel the need to preach hate against this group, or any group that's different from what they know. When your only reference to speak out against homosexuals is biblical, I'm sorry, that just doesn't sit well with me. Unfortunately, I don't see that going away completely any time soon but I'll try to keep doing my part as an ally and speak out for equal and gender rights.