This is an Iowa City Gay Pride Event.
This is not.
I'm not sure that I can explain exactly why, but lately I've been feeling a little bit like an Angry Queer. It's easy for me to see how much the word has changed for the better, in regards to what used to be charmingly called Gay Liberation, but one also grows tired of the constant push-back from the ever-shrinking, ever-more-desperate forces of mindless homophobia, and also, and perhaps even more distressingly, of the complacency of a gay world in which people are so assured that the fight is won that they can safetly turn on each other. Because, honestly? If I hear or read one more comment from a "straight-acting" homo complaining that someone else is "too gay" I might just lose all sense of decorum. (And by the way, Buster, just how straight-acting are you when you have some guy's dick in your mouth?)
But I'm trying not to think about that right now, because today is the day that Iowa City (population 67,831) holds its annual Gay Pride Parade, and everyone who is not complacent comes out and marches. I don't know if anybody really keeps track of these things, but I have often heard that Iowa City is the smallest town in America with a Gay Pride Parade. True or not, the fact that it happens here and nobody ever raises any kind of fuss about it is a good thing. It makes me happy. If you are an Iowa Citian, I hope to see you in an hour or so on the Ped Mall.
Before I go, I have a few links from readers I'd like to share.
Daniel S was just as pissed off about McDonalds' COO Donald Thompson's punch in the gut to the gay community as I was. Note to Mr. Thompson: Being gay is not a "value." Daniel and his partner have started a Boycott McDonalds page at Facebook. If you would like to send the kind of message to McDonalds bigwigs that they can understand, please consider "liking" the page here.
Did you know that in most states it is still legal to deny a person employment due to their sexual orientation? It's time for us to get congress to stop dragging their feet and get the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) passed. Reader Glen sent me a link to a petition which you can sign here.