This weekend I was discussing with friends about wether we would go to NYC Pride or Toronto Pride this year (we are all from Montreal). Most of us also participate in Montreal Pride festivities like the parade, the parties, the shows etc, but we like to get out of town for a weekend and taste the Pride flavor of another city. I was a bit surprised when 2 of them said they didn’t want to go to either and would not participate in Montreal Pride either, saying it was too …. Gay.
I kinda get what they were saying even though I don’t agree. I understand “Prides” can be tacky a bit or very commercial, but I think it’s the time of the year where you can “fully” be who you are. If you are a cross dresser, you can totally walk your heels freely in the streets, if you are a bear couple into leather you can wear your leather attire without any problems, if you are a muscle boy, you can wear your neon pink tank top without hesitation and that is what I like about it.
I think that I also do participate in Pride festivities for those who can’t! In many homophobic countries, gay people are emprisonned or even killed for being who they are and when I participate in Gay Prides around the world, I give them a bit of hope that one day things will change.
Do you participate in Gay Pride in your city? Do you travel to other Gay Prides in the world?