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.