The “media” point is very important. While glittery drag queens usually represent only a very small portion of any Pride parade, glittery drag queens often appear in media as if they were the parade. In toto. With perhaps a few topless lesbians thrown into the mix. I’ve often noticed how surprised people can be when they go to Pride and see how diverse and representative it is.

I think many media outlets do a relatively poor job of reporting on Pride. I don’t necessarily blame them. They’re looking for viewers, so images of glittery drag queens and topless lesbians make more sense than footage of a few hundred boring middle-aged parents marching with PFLAG or GLSEN.

I do take your point, of course. Great article, and lots to think about.


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