As Orlando's Come Out With Pride event approaches, I can't help but think back on the other pride events Holly and I have been to. We have made it a personal goal to attend a pride event in other states. So far, we have only been to the Atlanta Pride (in addition to the Orlando pride).
The Atlanta pride event in 2007 was one of the most memorable events we had been to. At the event (just as any other pride event) there were protesters. Usually I notice the protesters standing on the sidelines with their microphones, preaching their sermons. But at this event, the protesters were doing a little more. They had signs like this -
In addition to these signs they would try to pick fights with gays and lesbians as they walked down the street and anytime a march/parade would come through - they would tail the end of the parade, holding their signs and preaching their hate.
This was a peaceful event and they tried to ruin it. But it didn't work. I had never been so proud of my gay and lesbian community as I was that day. Everyone ignored them - except for these two -
But even their counter-protest was peaceful. They just stood there, next to the haters, holding their sign. Notice how the 't' in 'with' was made into a cross. Well done boys!
The weekend celebration was filled with different marches. One of my favorites was the Dyke March. It was so liberating to see so many lesbians marching together and holding their pride flags. These lesbians were all different yet all shared the same interest. Some of them marched topless, some marched in heels, others in boots. There were lesbians with their arms around each other, and some walking while holding hands. It was an amazing site!
Im trying to tell you something about my life Maybe give me insight between black and white And the best thing you've ever done for me Is to help me take my life less seriously Its only life after all Yeah ~Indigo Girls
The parties, the marches, the parade, the outdoor concert at Piedmont Park, and the GLBT community were fabulous! This was, by far, an event we would remember.
So now its your turn! We want to know about your favorite pride spot and why. This will help us determine where we will attend pride in about a year.