I have dusted off my rainbow pin especially for the occasion, but in the rush to start the day, I forgot it home. Then the day went from running to meet one deadline after the other, and any thoughts about Pride commemorations were drowned in the rush.
But it is still 20 minutes before midnight, so it is still today, it still the day we remember that fateful moment, when the oppressed New Yorker LGBT people said ‘enough !’, the moment when the idea of LGBT rights, and the idea of an LGBT community just crossed the tipping point.
So, I can still share with you three gems. First, this really cute video from the YouTube folks :
Second, this excellent essay from my good friend Paul, from which I reproduce an excerpt, which is for me the most crucial in the piece :
All sorts of people are eager to say that they have no interest in other people’s sexuality; that it is private, personal, irrelevant. (Funny, though, how rarely you hear anyone say that when we learn about the marriage or the divorce of a heterosexual celebrity or journalist.) But if sexuality were merely personal and irrelevant, organizations like NOM and the Catholic Church would not be spending literally millions of dollars to ensure that gay people be prevented from marrying. If it were merely personal and irrelevant, legislators in Uganda would not be preparing to execute gay people. If it were merely personal and irrelevant, teenaged boys would not be hounded to death, or beaten to death, because they simply seem to be gay.
Third, this great essay by blogger and activist Joe Jervis (the ads in his blog are often slightly NSFW, click at your own risk). I reproduce only the closing words :
Possibly you’ve heard the Jewish in-joke that sums up the meaning of all Jewish holidays ? “They tried to kill us. We won. Let’s eat.” My Pride version ?
They wish we were invisible.
Happy Pride !