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Show Your LGBTQ Pride at Sunday’s Parade


 

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Photo by Harish Pathak

 

The annual Philadelphia PrideDay LGBT Parade and Festival happens this Sunday, June 12th from 12 – 6 pm.  A map of the route is below.  For more details check out the Philly Pride website.

 

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http://www.phillypride.org/events.php

Make sure to also check out the rainbow lights on the Ben Franklin Bridge, Saturday and Sunday!

 

Pride month is about fostering acceptance for LGBTQ individuals, that same way heterosexuals are accepted.  It’s a chance for us to stand up and show our true colors; the rainbows’ many shades.  We are blessed to be in a society where such events can occur peacefully for the most part.  But there is still a lot of fear/ hate we need to change.  A recent post on Feministing reminds us how some want us to stay hidden:

 

“…Florida Family Association has spend several thousand dollars to fly a plane over the theme park to warn visitors that The Gays are Coming.  Gay Day is actually not just one day, but a week-long event in Orlando around Pride Month that includes a day at Disney World on the first Saturday in June. As that Saturday just passed, so did the huge plane and banner that flew around the theme park on Friday, warning folks looking for a “normal day” at the Magical Kingdom that they’ll find the horror of past Gay Day"s…”

 

I was actually in Orlando over the Memorial Weekend holiday.  As I was riding along, I saw a large billboard promoting “Gay Day.”  I perked up as soon as I saw the sign.  I was happy to see that even local theme parks were catering to the LGBTQ community (even if just for our dollars).  What I saw as a heartwarming experience, groups such as the Florida Family Association saw as a great danger.  I look forward to being part of the festivities on Sunday even more after such moments.  It shows me the importance of standing with other like minds and reminding that world that we’re here…we’re “queer”…so get used to it already!

An Emmy Reminder of Improvements in LGBTQ Equality


I hopped onto Feministing for my daily dose, and found this post of Jane Lynch’s Emmy acceptance speech.  She won for “Outstanding Performance as a Supporting Actress in a Comedy”, and definitely deserves it for her amazing acting.  Her acceptance speech was a reminder of her quick wit and comedic strengths.  It was also a reminder that in 2010, a lesbian woman can thank her partner without fear.  It wasn’t too long ago in history that one could not even be open about their sexuality if they were not straight.  But with time individuals revealed the truth about their sexual identity, started the fight for gay rights, and never looked back.  Because of all the little steps those before us have taken, we are able to be more open today.  People still face adversity due to their sexual orientation everyday, but the triumphs do have their ripple effect.  Mainstream media is a litmus test of what is considered acceptable in society.  And it’s heart-warming to know that a celebrity who is gay feels comfortable enough to thank her spouse on national TV.  It gives me hope that people will not judge others based on their sexual orientation and that the LGBTQ community will one day be equal members of society.  Celebrate this positive moment by enjoying the video and having a few laughs.  Go Jane Lynch – you rock!