Lacking Standards At Pride Parades
Also in abundance is the deluge of pictures of scantily clad men in leather, boy shorts, speedos and thongs. Overly flamboyant, men in drag costumes and make up to rival Carnival in Brazil (not really)…while gyrating to the beats of techno music or Lady Gaga’s “Born this way”.
Keep in mind the overtly sexual are not the themes of the majority of the floats or parade participants; however that doesn’t mean there is not enough of the stereotypical imagery to go around and be plastered all over media outlets.
How does being half naked and sexually salacious show pride in one’s sexual orientation? Unless your lifestyle consists of the very imagery you are displaying. Is the purpose to show the local community and world at large that you are proud, out and open? Or that you are horny and looking for sex? Is this what it means to be gay and proud?
I know that heterosexuals show and celebrate their sexuality whenever they talk about their girlfriends or boyfriends, an upcoming wedding, etc. but there is something about the scandalous sexual images of some of the Gay Pride Parade participants that strike a chord with me.
What I do know is that for those who are already “progressive” in attitudes and mindsets, set an example. Sometimes just by being present and persistent you can show that there is a different way of being.
For those of us who think public lewd sexual salaciousness is a way to garner attention, you correct, it is, but what type of attention are you garnering? There are plenty of ways to gain attention other than sexualizing yourself to anyone who will look or partake.
If you have to use sex as the method to gain attention, try to examine is there something lacking within self that the sexual attention from others is so vital to your well being.
I have been seeing these stereotypical images my whole life so I doubt they will change anytime soon. Here is to wishful thinking.
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