M. J., you raise a critical point that I think people sometimes miss in debates about the character and existence of Pride events.

Pride is for US.

It’s for our communities and our youth. Pride is the opposite of shame, and for at least one day out of the year, we should be boldly take back the street and offer welcoming embraces to queer people who may not be in places as free of shame the ones we’ve found.

Jim

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