Pride helps overcome prejudice.

Pride serves many purposes, including overcoming the stigmatization and isolation which results from laws throughout our past and present which were intended to punish, dehumanize, and suppress gay people.  Many of those laws have been removed, yet others continue to be proposed, here and around the world. While many more individuals and religious organizations are speaking out for equal rights, and many steps forward have been taken, there have been many setbacks along the way, with majorities preemptively prohibiting progress using the popular vote, and most painful of all, taking away rights once they had been achieved. The common thread however was the way in which fundamentalist religious beliefs have been used to punish and harm people around the world and here at home as well. While religion holds such promise for teaching people to treat each other with the love and respect we wish for ourselves, it is all too often used to inflict pain and suffering in an attempt to control others. It has been that way since the beginning of civilization, but there has also always been the drive for love, acceptance, and equality. So Pride reminds there is still reason to hope, but much work left to be done.
Unfiltered Steve Simoneau June 25, 2013 at 06:32 PM
Mr. Johnson, have you ever tried to force-feed a baby? The food usually ends up on the walls. The U.S. govt is nothing more than a big baby, and attempts to force feed equality to the govt will have the same results. Trust me when I tell you that I have personal experience in getting the U.S. govt to accept something. THAT is where I learned my own patience. Society is becoming more and more accepting of equality for LGBT by leaps and bounds every day, compared to the consensus just ten years ago. My condolences that you and others are unable to wait until LGBT demands for equality are met. As far as Peter Gomes, his quote is nothing more than speculation regarding African-Americans. Your final question is rhetorical, it has no answer.
Harold Edwards June 25, 2013 at 06:39 PM
The Roman Empire was the 1st Reich,they fell because of there bad morals.We are living in The 4th Reich which you can read the writing on the wall.We are heading for a major collapse.History always repeats it self.What ever goes up always comes down.When the bow breaks the cradle will fall.We are a Nation of weaklings that is like a snowball heading for Hell !
Dan Johnson June 26, 2013 at 02:32 PM
Harold. As documented above, the Romans changed from acceptance of gay people and their marriages, to outlawing them and persecuting gay people. Using your logic, it was the persecution of gay people and outlawing their marriages that led to the fall of the Roman empire. And often we find countries collapse when the government limits freedom and expression of humanity, not from more freedom and equal rights. Your predictions of doom and gloom rely on pejorative terminology and fear mongering alone, not facts of law and history.
Dan Johnson June 26, 2013 at 02:54 PM
Steve. "Unable" is incorrect. "Unwilling" would be a better word. We must wait for the law to recognize legal equality before we can enjoy equal rights, but there is no need to wait quietly. Dr. King said: "Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed." He also acknowledged that real change takes time; yet he also warned against the "tranquilizing drug of gradualism" and instructed the oppressed to demand equality now - not on the convenient time schedule of those doing the oppressing. So we must continue to speak out and work for equal rights, not sit quietly and hope straight people eventually will decide to give them to us as some sort of reward for waiting patiently.
Dan Johnson June 26, 2013 at 03:04 PM
Today, we have earned another reason to celebrate Pride. DOMA and prop h8 are now officially unconstitutional. In a country conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all are created equal, prejudice and discrimination have no place in the law. Equal rights should never depend on popular opinion. "Proposition 8 fails to advance any rational basis in singling out gay men and lesbians for denial of a marriage license. Indeed, the evidence shows Proposition 8 does nothing more than enshrine in the California Constitution the notion that opposite-sex couples are superior to same-sex couples. Because California has no interest in discriminating against gay men and lesbians, and because Proposition 8 prevents California from fulfilling its constitutional obligation to provide marriages on an equal basis, the court concludes that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional." (Perry)


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