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    condemned to wires and hammers ebby's Avatar
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    Pride in Dublin this year has hit some controversy over them excluding community organisations from speaking after the parade. It has quite rightly angered a lot of people, as well as the organisations who usually rally the crowds after the parade, and the whole think smarts of de-politicising the event entirely.

    This is my favourite response to the whole debacle, and also doubles up as a brilliant piece about why pride is necessary and why pride is political: http://embarrassingmoment.wordpress....-dublin-pride/


    After the parade, everyone is herded into the rally, and you are on a high. The space around you is filling up with people, people who are just as drunk on happiness [and probably beer] as you are. And then someone comes on stage, and welcomes you to Pride, and tells you that today is going to be the best day ever, but you already knew that. And then they hand over the microphone to someone, and they step up to centre stage and they tell you The Truth, They tell you that today exists because every other day is a struggle. They tell you they have no money, no support, no reason to be doing what they are doing except that it’s right. They tell you that young Queer people kill themselves too often. They tell you that our government will not pass legislation which would legally allow them to have an identity of their own. They tell you all the reasons civil unions are not and never will be marriage.

    They tell you about your history, about Stonewall, about Declan Flynn, a gay man murdered in Fairview Park, an event which made Irish LGBTQ people stand up and say they weren’t going to take it anymore. They tell you that WE are not going to take it anymore, that we are going to keep fighting until we get what we deserve, and everyone yells and claps and stomps their feet. This is our community in action, and it feels powerful with rage but also with optimism.
    The author even quotes at length the "Queers Read This" leaflet handed out in NYC back in 1990, and at the end bemoans the fact that the leaflet is still so relevant even today, 23 years later.

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    In yesterday's NY Pride parade, a group of 49 people did this:

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    Amidst the dancing and cheering and celebration, they walked silently, without waving or smiling. Each with a photo and name.

    It was effective. It can be hard to picture just how many people were lost.

    The crowd got pretty quiet as they went by. It seemed like an important element to the parade. It's still with me.

    The fact that the couples were holding hands was especially heartbreaking. Seeing their relationships brought to mind the relationships with the people left.

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    Totally agree. I was there and it was very effective. It made me very emotional.

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