Today’s Forum carries a story about Pride Week in Fargo-Moorhead, along with the organized activities scheduled.
FM Pride week took shape 13 years ago, and has grown into a highly visible, family friendly week-end where gay people go on display for straight people to see we’re not quite as scary as they may have thought.
Even after 13 years, I’m expecting some nasty letters to appear in The Forum over the next few days, so I’m going to outline the differences between a gay public celebration and a straight public celebration:
- Pride parades show people in outrageous and shocking costumes that sometimes encourage spectators to behave in inappropriate ways. Straight parades, ala Mardi Gras do not.
- Pride parades often feature organizations that have clearly been overconsuming alcohol during their march. Straight parages, ala St Patrick’s Day parade in NYC do not.
- Pride events encourage generalized debauchery and wanton sexual promiscuity. Straight events ala WeFest do not.
- Pride events promote a specific lifestyle that many find objectionable and in conflict with God’s design. Straight events ala Marian Eucharist Congress do not.
But there’s also a couple things gay and straight celebrations have in common:
- A generalized celebration of things good.
- An opportunity to educate and enlighten.
- An opportunity for individuals who normally may not interact to interact.
- An opportunity to kick-back and have some fun.
Today’s Gay Agenda: Thanks Fargo Moorhead for continuing to host this fun event. As much as I enjoy the festivities, I equally look forward to the day when Gay Pride is no more necessary than Lutheran Pride.