He said: " I must say that i am disappointed in the Mardi Gras parade as it has now become a celebration rather than a protest march, there is still along way to go before we can celebrate properly (my opinion). "
So this is my reply to him. . . ..and others. ;-) My ideas are not chiseled in granite. I would greatly appreciate reading your thoughts here. . . I am still "in process"..LOL
Btw, where is GARY KELLY ? hmmmm
I do have some sober thoughts in the aftermath of the horrendous quake in Chile and the fear of the tsunami aftereffects thru-out the Pacific rim. Simplisitic, but I am so glad it didn't come roaring into Sydney Harbour and all the revelers. What the friggin Fundies could have done with that scenario. . . .the vindication by their angry gods of all the vice and corruption going on.
I have this sober thought to present. . . . perhaps one can see it this way: the celebration IS the Protest! Let me suggest what for me is a very arbitrary date, but could this all have happened 40 years ago? Hardly.. . not at all. The diversity and acceptance by thousands of people - gay and straight - is totally mind-blowing. Think of it thusly:: GLBT MARDI GRAS has become mainstream in Australia! It is one of the events in the yearly civic calendar. . . media coverage, 'celebrities' in attendance, the obvious open cooperation of the Sydney authorities: "you've come a long way, baby!"
It is very much like us at home on the Cape. . in Provincetown. . .though definitely not on the scale of Sydney. . .except we are year-round. . .LOL
Seems to me this many-days-long Celebration is a very positive affirming posture than what I could call the angry face of the on-edge Protest march. . .STUCK in all the negativities which cannot but cause anger-which-often-breeds- angry behaviour -- aka violence --among gays and lesbians and our allies alike.
I think Celebration of who we are - - -"face it, honeys, we're queer, we're here, so come on and have fun with us!" ----is a more effecive protest. Isn't that a real in your face stance?!!! Because we party and have fun doesn't mean we forget where we GLBT people came from and came thru.
I was 10 years old when Matthew Shepherd was murdered and left to hang on a fence. . . . I do not remember the details of the TV program[s] but I remember what I saw and what I felt. As I've said before I couldn't then say I was "gay" but I did know I was "different". I felt for and with the gay people there and in Washington, DC, and elsewhere. I saw Ellen de Generis for the first time. . ..and she was 'one of them' and I remember feeling 'one of us'. . .
I was watching one of the programs about all this tragedy unfolding with tears in my eyes: it was all so horrible. Dad came over and sat next to me on the couch with his arm around me, wiped the tears off my cheeks, and talked with me about what we were watching. I haven't forgotten that. Looking back I think my Dad and Mom knew then I was gay. . and it was OK. "No Christian boot-camps for Justin!" haha My parents are cool and savvy. That's why it was easy for me at age 15 to tell them "I am gay. . ." knowing I am loved and accepted and supported. . .their gay son.
Anyway, just my thoughts this morning. What do you think? ;-)
huggies. . .