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DeadElephant_ORG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-19-09 01:34 AM
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Will the National Equality March help us - or hurt us?
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Edited on Wed Aug-19-09 01:45 AM by DeadElephant_ORG
The march on Washington for gay rights - the National Equality March - is two months out. I have not heard any discussion of the community culture that we will present at that important event. A march on the capital to demand civil and human rights is a solemn undertaking. The media will cover it as such. And of course the harpies of the Right will exploit any hint that our community fails to appreciate the solemnity of the nation's capital, and the history of that place.

I've attended the San Francisco Pride Parade many times, and I've always enjoyed the energy of it. I appreciate that the exuberance symbolizes the freedoms that we have won. But if the National Equality March on October 10th looks anything like - and I mean anything like - the Pride Parade, I'm concerned that we would screw ourselves, and we would screw the entire progressive cause, very severely. Even little things that we think are charming and funny, such as this "Healthy Penis" which the San Francisco Health Department entered in the 2005 Pride Parade to promote safer sex, in the context of the National Mall would be disastrously inappropriate.

Am I alone in this fear? Am I out of line?

For what it's worth...
I'm a straight progressive activist of many years. I have put myself on the line for marriage equality, for the end of "Don't Ask Don't Tell, and for civil protection for the LGBT community from hate crimes. My daughter has two moms.
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