A certain nurse won’t like it, but my views on gay pride (here and here) no longer exist in a vacuum.
Would gay pride parades be more effective if participants wore suits and street clothes, instead of leather thongs and ass-less pants? Cord Jefferson at The Root says yes. Just as African Americans took extra pains to dress conservatively—with crisp shirts tucked in to dress slacks and skirts—during the civil rights marches of the ’50s and ’60s, perhaps the LGBT community would inspire more empathy if they did the same.
I’m inspired to engage in this linguistic activity because the annual “Pride Week” for usgays and lesbians is soon at hand, and I’m particularly interested in knowing what it is, exactly, that I’m supposed to be proud of.
Welcome aboard, my self-loathing comrades.