Mt99 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 6593 posts, RR: 6 Posted (5 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2095 times:
Usually there are one or two of these threads this time of year. I see a few reasons for it:
1. Its not a big deal to be gay anymore. (Bodes well for marriage, btw)
2. A.net has become so gay that there is just no need.
There were people on both sides of the issue, the ones that it was just too flaming and that it hurt the gay community more than it helped, and the others that thought that wearing rainbow colored jock straps in front of hundreds of thousands was the best idea ever.
Consider this: Christians dont get a bad reputation because wear ugly sweaters during Christmas.
Seb146 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 11660 posts, RR: 15
Reply 1, posted (5 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 2051 times:
We went to the Castro last night. A bunch of people wandering around drinking over priced alcoholic drinks. I don't get how that is supposed to make us proud. Duane (my partner) told me it is a free event. It cost us about $40 just to go there. I was not impressed. Oh, well. Those that enjoy it, good for you! As for me, I am going to the beach today.
MBMBOS From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2597 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (5 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 1985 times:
I'm in Paris this weekend and rented a little apartment in the Marais district; turns out there's a happening gay scene here (there's a hassidic community here too). Anyway, this was gay pride weekend in Paris and we just happened upon it. It was a whole lot of fun. The music and noise didn't die down until after 4:00 in the morning. Lots of fun!
Pawsleykat From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 1978 posts, RR: 11
Reply 9, posted (5 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 1945 times:
It was Edinburgh pride yesterday. I would have gone if it weren't for two things;
1) It was my town's annual galaday yesterday (always is the last Saturday in June) and I would have had to be out of the house at 7am in order to avoid the roads being blocked. Instead, I stayed in bed.
2) Also, with my dad going into the hospice a few days before hand, I just didn't feel all that proud.
Happy Pride Though. I had a party at night instead, and made sure I drank lots of (alcoholic) 'poof juice' and listened to Dancing Queen full blast and danced with one of my many fag hags!
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MaverickM11 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 17513 posts, RR: 45
Reply 11, posted (5 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 1835 times:
I have mixed emotions about Pride. As far as the movement goes, it's generally a giant step back in my opinion, but as far as a party goes, it's a pretty good time. I've walked in a few parades, been to a few more prides, and generally speaking it's the same thing you find at the club on a Saturday night, just outdoors and a lot trashier.
LH423 From Canada, joined Jul 1999, 6501 posts, RR: 54
Reply 12, posted (5 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 1797 times:
Did Toronto Pride over the weekend. First time down here at one of the largest in the world. Had a good time but other, non-pride related events made for some early nights over the weekend.
Next up is Montréal at the end of July and, depending on my plans, possibly Ottawa's pride in mid-August. I've never had such a 'proud' year but circumstances, largely related to my boyfriend who lives in Toronto are bringing me to these events.
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Charles79 From Puerto Rico, joined Mar 2007, 1331 posts, RR: 6
Reply 13, posted (5 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 1759 times:
Pride here in DC was two weekends ago but I was out of town due to a death in the family (my grandmother always had a remarkable timing!). From what I gather though it wasn't a big deal as the city is pretty much a gay capital anyway...
Completely agree. I didn't go to the Minneapolis one this year as it really seems to me that it's another excuse to go out and get hammered with friends. Don't get me wrong, I am all for that every now and then, but do we really need a whole weekend designed for it? Maybe other cities offer something different, but in Minneapolis it's the same thing every year. It's nice to see the companies that support us in the park, but even those don't seem to change. Just my opinion.
Pellegrine From France, joined Mar 2007, 2449 posts, RR: 8
Reply 17, posted (5 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 1522 times:
Happy pride. My friends dragged me out into the street although I was going to stay home lol. I generally have "happy pride" 3-4 times a week though. drunk drunk drunk
Quoting Charles79 (Reply 13): Pride here in DC was two weekends ago but I was out of town due to a death in the family (my grandmother always had a remarkable timing!). From what I gather though it wasn't a big deal as the city is pretty much a gay capital anyway...
I find it odd (although I do not know why, maybe I shouldn't) that there are so many gay men in DC. I find it even odder that seemingly half of them don't know or act like they don't know they're gay lol.
Charles79 From Puerto Rico, joined Mar 2007, 1331 posts, RR: 6
Reply 19, posted (5 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 1478 times:
Quoting Pellegrine (Reply 17): I find it odd (although I do not know why, maybe I shouldn't) that there are so many gay men in DC.
I think it has to do with the way this area is set up. Percentage-wise DC may be on par with other metro areas in terms of gay population; however, given that the DC metro area is comprised of a tiny city (DC) surrounded by endless suburbs the gay population in the area tends to be concentrated in DC (and the most immediate areas like Rosslyn, Arlington, Alexandria, etc). It also helps that we have several universities on site.
Quoting Pellegrine (Reply 17): I find it even odder that seemingly half of them don't know or act like they don't know they're gay lol.
RobertNL070 From Netherlands, joined Sep 2003, 4532 posts, RR: 9
Reply 20, posted (5 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 1467 times:
The first Saturday in August sees Amsterdam's Canal Pride. Its the biggest party of the year and while my partner and I are not devotees of the scene, this is one party we loath to miss. Unfortunately it seems to becoming a victim of its own success and the heterosexuals are beginning to take over. Especially those irritating het-women who seem to think that a gay male friend is a fashion accessory "You must come and dance with us" *Eff off*
The 30th edition of Roze Zaterdag (Pink Saturday) on 20th June was in my home town of The Hague this year. Unfortunately I had to be in London that weekend. By all accounts it was a blast.