AstraSubDomina, your points about alliances and inclusivity are crucial. In some of the bigger, more commercial parades, I’d be interested to know if the organizers are rejecting more radical groups from participating, or if those groups are electing not to seek inclusion because the vibe makes them feel unwelcome.

A dangerous feedback loop might establish itself if groups choose not to march in parades.

We need to bring our diversity into our Pride events and put it on loud display. The only way to effectively accomplish that, though, is from the ground up. Parade organizers can (and must) help by reaching out and being welcoming, but ultimately, our events will reflect our queer diversity only through grassroots participation and organizing.

For our parades to reflect us, we have to show up.


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