- Posted June 9, 2014 by
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GAY PRIDE AND WHY I'M NOT PARTICIPATING
Gay Pride is now gaining strength across the globe and is currently celebrated in Toronto, Canada. It has its positive and negative impact depending on individual preferences about this issue. Some will always call it 'bigotry' and others complained about its vulgar celebration during parades where participants are strutting on the streets almost naked and lip-locking. Something that others find offensive.
Homosexuality is always a bone of contention. I admit, even in my whole life, I am still uncomfortable about discussing this issue to anybody. I just think that gays and lesbians have obligations to society as well; that of acting proper in the eyes of the world.
Gay Pride, sell the entity of gays and lesbians. It remarkably find its niche in the public's consciousness. It also did so much for the advancement of gay rights. Gay Pride for me is a form of activism. Yet it helps people understand that gays and lesbians are unique.
But in my years of living in Canada. I have never attended or joined this celebration. I don't even watch it because I felt offended by some of its actions. Offended...because lip-locking and nudity doesn't set well with me. Homosexuality is not all about having sex with the same sex. Intimacy in this degree is very little. Homosexual union does not center on its sexual aspect in the relationship. It is more about having someone to understand and to lean on when things go wrong. It is a subtle relationship which lay heavily on respect with one another. A true and lasting relationship in fact.
Do homosexuals need to show the world what others do in private? How can we gain full acceptance if what the world think it's what gays do in this relationship? Kissing, touching and other stuff during Gay Pride parades are unnecessary. They can march on the streets in all its glory but they must remove smooching, kissings and other sexual acts.
I think this kind of stuff is what bars us from being fully understood and accepted. We implanted to the minds of straight people that this relationship is all about sex because sexual display are the ingrdients of Gay Pride Parades. Straight people they do not display offensive behaviours in public. Does gay and lesbians really need sexual acrobats to procalim acceptance?
Unless the Gay Pride parade Organizers tone down some nudity and other offensive behaviour, I'd rather stay home.