It’s Pride Month, the time when adults all over the world celebrate the openness of being gay and honoring each other with parades, parties and platitudes about being free to express its collective orgy of love for diversity, inclusion and tolerance.
In a sense, Pride month has expanded beyond just representing gender freedoms, now Pride brings race and class under the tent, even to the more expansive universe where every single person is united in solidarity with collective pride.
We’ve come along way baby. We have opened wide the doors of liberation where there are no longer constructs, constraints or traditions on who can be what.
It truly is, as they say on American Idol, anyone can be whoever they want to be, and this is the meaning of pride.
So, in honor of Pride month I would like to express my pride in the following human achievements that have emerged alongside this progress of human liberation, the breaking down of those annoying barriers such as tyranny, failed socialism and gluttony, freeing us to be who we want to be.
Take pride, for example, in knowing 4.37 million people will starve this year somewhere in the world while in the U.S. we will spend over 118-million dollars on weight loss programs this year alone.
Something to be proud of.
And with all of this wonderful sexual liberation we can also celebrate the 18-million fetuses who were aborted this year…that’s a whole lot of pride going on.
Did you also know that 42-million people have AIDS, and over 710,000 people died of AIDS this year around the world?….Now, that is a lot to be proud of, isn’t it?
People have also spent over 169-billion dollars on illegal drugs this year, a whole lot of pride celebration going on there, and coming home from all of those celebrations 571,000 people died on the road this year.
I think Pride is great if you can show progress, but in what?
Am I Imissing something?
What exactly LGBTQ have pride in? What grand achievement within the gay community you can point to that illustrates its contribution and how it changed the course of human history?
Is human sexuality something that has real relevance to making the world a better, safer, more equitable place for all? How does humanity benefit from having pride in a specific sexual activity or identity? Show me, please.
There were over 520 million Tweets today, did anyone ask that question?
4.8 million blogs are written today, while there were also 791- million people in the world who do not have access to clean drinking water.
And if Pride brings us such happiness, perhaps we should ask the 454,000 people who committed suicide this year what they were so depressed about?
Maybe if they had obsessed a little more about their own sexual identity they, too, could be celebrating.
Don’t get me wrong, there are millions of people doing good deeds every single day.
There are millions of unsung heroes who don’t go around telling everyone how proud they are, because such pride is fleeting when you know, for example, that 3.2 million babies died in childbirth this year who didn’t have to, most of them preventable, or that over a million people are being imprisoned because they believe in God.
When we fix these problems we can celebrate true pride.
But until then, Pride Month just seems like another petty excuse to have a party.