Parade Fatigue

To march or not to march? That is the Gay Pride Day question.

I know it sounds superficial, especially in this day and age, when we are ruled by moralizing misers who guard their riches like reptile eggs, but we have to try and keep our celebrations fresh. If I may generalize just a little more, I would say one thing we have always been able to hold above our rectally tight opponents is that we have way, way more fun than they do. It is important for us to keep that aspect thriving.

But acts of celebration must continue to be fostered as political statements as well. So all you contingents out there: On Sunday, I want to see more original signage, a curb on the promotional gack, way more drag queens, and a unifying sense of fury. There is a queer kid squashed up against the GNC at Christopher and Seventh who needs you to inspire him.

The queens storm Christopher Street.
photo: Cary Conover
The queens storm Christopher Street.


The Queer Issue:

  • Diff'rent Strokes
    Mixed-race loving in the gay community turns the rainbow into a reality
    by Brad Sears
    Plus: How to Date a Whiteboy
    by James Hannaham

  • 'L' Is for 'Look Out, World'
    Longtime lesbian has whole life edited by very hot TV show
    Plus: The Interview: She Is 'The L Word'
    Talking with Ilene Chaiken, producer of the world's only lesbian soap opera
    by Laura Conaway

  • We Are Not OK
    Crystal meth marks a new crisis for the gay community—and an all too familiar underlying problem
    by Patrick Moore

  • The Irresistible Banality of Same-Sex Marriage
    Plus: Recent Books on Same-Sex Marriage
    by Kenji Yoshino

  • Mix-And-Match Loving: Interracial Transgender Coupling
    by Elizabeth Cline

  • Lesbian AWOL
    Switching teams is OK every once in a while—unless you're totally hot
    by Marga Gomez
  • Mike Albo's The Underminer: The Best Friend Who Casually Destroys Your Life was published in February by Bloomsbury.

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