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What is the point of gay pride?

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8y, 4m agoPosted 8 years, 4 months ago
Maybe a bit of a controversial topic here but can anyone tell me what is the point of gay pride?

Now dont get me wrong i have nothing against gay people (hence why they make up 75% of my friends) but what exactly is the point of pride espec the prade?

Please dont post offensive remarks
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8y, 4m agoPosted 8 years, 4 months ago
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#1
personally i dont see the point of it and consider it be like another 12th...an excuse for people to get drunk and for the religious (iris robinsons) of this world to have their little protests
#2
I think it is mainly to change peoples attitudes towards Gay people, to make them aware that they are normal too.
Remember when most of us thought smoking was ok ?
#3
I don't get why they shout about it. I think it's more of a disability than anything. You might aswell be infertile.

*puts on flame proof gear*
#4
maybe we should have straight pride LOL
#5
Its probably an opportunity for all those gay people who have been suppressed for years to "out" themselves and publicly flaunt their stuff.

p.s. you're right about the 12th....Paddys day is better better craic:p ;-)
#6
snowtiger
I think it is mainly to change peoples attitudes towards Gay people, to make them aware that they are normal too.
Remember when most of us thought smoking was ok ?


But i know many people dont get a positive picture from the way some (the minority) behave at the prade and the comments that are coming from belfasts this prade have been anything but helpful

Snailman
I don't get why they shout about it. I think it's more of a disability than anything. You might aswell be infertile.

*puts on flame proof gear*


why is it a disability???:whistling:
#7
An excuse for a party

I'm straight but i'm Scottish, always can tell a good excuse for a party lol

:thumbsup:
#8
i love the Manchester Gay pride parade and go every year. I suppose it is to show that they aren't all like the crew from village people or leather clad bald handle bar moustached kind of people. It also boosts the pink pound.
#9
allstar2

why is it a disability???:whistling:


You can't have children the normal way :whistling:
#10
@pink..yeah if theres gay pride why not straight pride

@modoc..agree completely paddy's day rocks :)
#11
allstar2
Now dont get me wrong i have nothing against gay people (hence why they make up 75% of my friends) but what exactly is the point of pride espec the prade?



Why don't you ask your gay friends?
1 Like #12
Sorry, Nothing against gays but I don't think they should "shout" about it, It shouldn't be encouraged and they should keep it amongst themselves.
#13
Come to the light!

http://img.verycd.com/posts/0510/post-277022-1130304359.jpg
#14
@modoc..agree completely paddy's day rocks :)[/quote]
12th July far better, all the bands have proper uniforms, can march and actually play instruments :)
1 Like #15
Years ago homosexuals had to hide the fact that they were "gay", they couldn't tell their family, their friends and they found it really difficult. A lot of jobs didn't openly employ them, the armed forces being one up until recently.

They now like to celebrate the fact that they don't have to hide who they really are now.

I have been to gay pride twice myself (I'm not gay), once with a few of my gay mates and the second time the Navy asked me if I would go to work on a recruitment stand for them. Both great times just slightly odd.

I think it's great that they do it as in this day and age no one should be embarrassed about their sexuality (well within reason)
#16
"i have nothing against gay people (hence why they make up 75% of my friends) "



Why not ask that question to the 75% of your friends?
#17
mrtootough

12th July far better, all the bands have proper uniforms, can march and actually play instruments :)


:lol:
#18
Slash
"i have nothing against gay people (hence why they make up 75% of my friends) "



Why not ask that question to the 75% of your friends?


Those 3 are at work today :whistling:
#19
RedIron
the second time the Navy asked me if I would go to work on a recruitment stand for them.


OOOOOO Hellloooooo Sailor

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:lol: :lol:
#20
snowtiger
I think it is mainly to change peoples attitudes towards Gay people, to make them aware that they are normal too.


:thumbsup:

stratomaster
Why don't you ask your gay friends?


Yes - good point. This kind of thread on this forum will only act as a magnet for the prejudiced and bigoted. At least one has already appeared :) I'd much rather see a thread that tries to answer this question and educate us a little, rather than one that is (let's face it) bound to provoke some negative reaction from the majority homophobic population. And in that last sentence lies my answer to your question. I'm looking fwd to hearing what your gay friends say about it :thumbsup:
#21
RedIron
Years ago homosexuals had to hide the fact that they were "gay", they couldn't tell their family, their friends and they found it really difficult. A lot of jobs didn't openly employ them, the armed forces being one up until recently.

They now like to celebrate the fact that they don't have to hide who they really are now.

I have been to gay pride twice myself (I'm not gay), once with a few of my gay mates and the second time the Navy asked me if I would go to work on a recruitment stand for them. Both great times just slightly odd.

I think it's great that they do it as in this day and age no one should be embarrassed about their sexuality (well within reason)


I agree with you about the not hiding thing. It is a great day out and slightly surreal and if people actually went just once they would alleviate some of their fears of gay people i think that is half the problem with predjudices ( i am also not gay)
#22
LGBT issues are massive human right issues, hence Amnesty International's involvement in the lobbying of governments, including members of the NI Assembly . Gay pride is a celebration of LGBT sexuality, frequently in the face of adversity. Here in Northern Ireland Pride marches are frequently picketed by protesters. We parade to try to show that we're queer and we're here, and we're proud.

I find attitudes such as shauneco's tremendously offensive, and yet they are the sort of attitudes members of the LGBT community have to face daily. Gay pride is hardly about encouraging homosexuality, it's about promoting it as a valid lifestyle and promoting its acceptance. Bigots like shauneco disgust me. Live and let live, eh? He wouldn't be allowed to say that about any other minority group, but say it about queers and it's fine?
#23
allstar2
@pink..yeah if theres gay pride why not straight pride

@modoc..agree completely paddy's day rocks :)


Look out on the streets, every day is straight pride day :)
#24
tessb
Look out on the streets, every day is straight pride day :)


What? Explain your point.
#25
Straight people are accepted for being straight every day of their lives, You see straight couples holding hands, cuddling, kissing - they don't attacked physically and verbally as would happen should a gay couple do the same thing. Straight people can be openly straight without fear or prejudice every day of the year, hence every day is straight pride day :)

Just noticed the tone of your other posts in this thread and I will not be baited on this issue, I'm here for reasonable and rational discussion of the issue but not to be ridiculed.
1 Like #26
tessb
Straight people are accepted for being straight every day of their lives, You see straight couples holding hands, cuddling, kissing - they don't attacked physically and verbally as would happen should a gay couple do the same thing. Straight people can be openly straight without fear or prejudice every day of the year, hence every day is straight pride day :)


:roll:

By what you have just said you've just slated EVERY straight person. Well done.
1 Like #27
I find it interesting that at least two people above have felt the need to make the point they are not gay alongside their defence of gay people. And the OP also felt the need to make the point that she has many gay friends. This demonstates their strong awareness of others' prejudices on this topic Indeed, sometimes this linguistic strategy is used to mask the speaker's hidden prejudice (e.g. I'm not a racist but..."), although probably not in the cases on this thread. But whatever the reason for adding what is essentially supurfluous information, I believe it demonstates heightened awareness of others' reactions...
#28
Shengis
:roll:

By what you have just said you've just slated EVERY straight person. Well done.


How have I slated every straight person?
#29
modoc
OOOOOO Hellloooooo Sailor

http://tbn0.google.com/images?q=tbn:MTfpr4LnpTn-RM:http://www.partydomain.co.uk/d-commerce/media/FancyDress/Fuller/R1007---Sailor.jpg

:lol: :lol:


Well your half right, I did have hello sailor shouted at me all day, but we had to wear our black trousers and white shirt rather than our ceremonial dress though as too many people turn up in fancy dress as a sailor!
1 Like #30
For many years it was illegal to be gay in the UK it only changed in the 60's i think and even after it was legal gay people have recieved years of abuse and it still happens even now if i was gay i would want to celebrate how things have changed and bring awareness to help overcome the barriers people still come across today
#31
tessb
How have I slated every straight person?


By implying that if a gay couple walked hand in hand they would be attacked. In truth it's VERY unlikely to happen and you know it. Like you, i'm not getting baited on this as I don't really care what people get up to but your post sure showed some anti strait prejudice:thumbsup:
#32
tessb
LGBT issues are massive human right issues, hence Amnesty International's involvement in the lobbying of governments, including members of the NI Assembly . Gay pride is a celebration of LGBT sexuality, frequently in the face of adversity. Here in Northern Ireland Pride marches are frequently picketed by protesters. We parade to try to show that we're queer and we're here, and we're proud.

I find attitudes such as shauneco's tremendously offensive, and yet they are the sort of attitudes members of the LGBT community have to face daily. Gay pride is hardly about encouraging homosexuality, it's about promoting it as a valid lifestyle and promoting its acceptance. Bigots like shauneco disgust me. Live and let live, eh? He wouldn't be allowed to say that about any other minority group, but say it about queers and it's fine?


Well said tessb. We are in complete agreement. :thumbsup:

tessb
Straight people are accepted for being straight every day of their lives, You see straight couples holding hands, cuddling, kissing - they don't attacked physically and verbally as would happen should a gay couple do the same thing. Straight people can be openly straight without fear or prejudice every day of the year, hence every day is straight pride day :)

Just noticed the tone of your other posts in this thread and I will not be baited on this issue, I'm here for reasonable and rational discussion of the issue but not to be ridiculed.


Shengis
:roll:

By what you have just said you've just slated EVERY straight person. Well done.


Sorry Shengis, but you clearly haven't understood the point. tessb is not slating anybody - s/he is making that point that straight people are not slated for their sexual preferences. Gay people are!
#33
Liddle ol' me
I find it interesting that at least two people above have felt the need to make the point they are not gay alongside their defence of gay people. And the OP also felt the need to make the point that she has many gay friends. This demonstates their strong awareness of others' prejudices on this topic Indeed, sometimes this linguistic strategy is used to mask the speaker's hidden prejudice (e.g. I'm not a racist but..."), although probably not in the cases on this thread. But whatever the reason for adding what is essentially supurfluous information, I believe it demonstates heightened awareness of others' reactions...


i think i was trying to put my opinion as i see things as a none gay person hence why i mentioned it, rather than presuming that i was gay and sticking up for others with my same sexuality.( i hope that makes sense)
#34
Liddle ol' me
I find it interesting that at least two people above have felt the need to make the point they are not gay alongside their defence of gay people. And the OP also felt the need to make the point that she has many gay friends. This demonstates their strong awareness of others' prejudices on this topic Indeed, sometimes this linguistic strategy is used to mask the speaker's hidden prejudice (e.g. I'm not a racist but..."), although probably not in the cases on this thread. But whatever the reason for adding what is essentially supurfluous information, I believe it demonstates heightened awareness of others' reactions...


:thumbsup:

My brother in laws gay btw :lol: ;-)
#35
Im guessing some people think im predjudiced here. I suppose if I don't want to see two men kissing in the street that makes me predjudiced? So be it. I would like to point out I wouldn't stop them being gay, I think they should keep it to themselves. Im going to bring out the word "normal" here. Being gay is not normal in my view. :O
#36
Until 1974 homosexuality was recognised as a psychiatric illness under DMS-IV and there were attempts to cure gay men using aversion therapy and electrodes attached to the testicles. Thank God times have changed in this country, although there are many - Jamiaca and Turkey to name a few, where the civil liberties of LGBT people are still severely compromised.
#37
snowtiger
I think it is mainly to change peoples attitudes towards Gay people, to make them aware that they are normal too.
Remember when most of us thought smoking was ok ?


But surely holding an event like this makes people think why do they have their own event? :whistling:
#38
dmissy13
For many years it was illegal to be gay in the UK it only changed in the 60's i think and even after it was legal gay people have recieved years of abuse and it still happens even now if i was gay i would want to celebrate how things have changed and bring awareness to help overcome the barriers people still come across today


It was only January 2000 that the UK armed forces allowed gay people to serve

Prior to that it was an instant dishonorable discharge if you was found to be a gay serving member

So it's only actually the last 10 years where they have been given more equal rights, with civil partnerships etc now it's a lot better for them :thumbsup:
#39
Shengis
By implying that if a gay couple walked hand in hand they would be attacked. In truth it's VERY unlikely to happen and you know it. Like you, i'm not getting baited on this as I don't really care what people get up to but your post sure showed some anti strait prejudice:thumbsup:


Oh right. I get your point now - you should have explained it with the original comment though :)

I think you are essentially wrong through. There remains a deep anti-gay feeling among a significant percentage of the population, and many (most) gay people feel the need to hide their sexuality in public.
#40
tessb
Until 1974 homosexuality was recognised as a psychiatric illness under DMS-IV and there were attempts to cure gay men using aversion therapy and electrodes attached to the testicles. Thank God times have changed in this country, although there are many - Jamiaca and Turkey to name a few, where the civil liberties of LGBT people are still severely compromised.


Let's face it, the point in life and our species is to reproduce and succeed and to not become extinct. Gays are not natural. Therefore they are not normal.

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