…y to see stories like Ian’s as false narratives when real-life Pride contained nothing of its sort. Drag queens and glittered outfits seem to predominate Pride, at least as it is consumed from media, a fine thing. But opening a lane to the Ians of the world is equally important.
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.