Just hearing about a gay pride parade near where I live, they were talking on the radio about how traditionally this particula parade was lead by a group of people called "dykes on bikes" - motorbikers. I was thinking that while I have no problem with these types of things, and while they do let people express themselves, and come out without (or less at least) fear, how much do they contribute to negative images among the general populace of gays and lesbians? I would imagine that not all gays/lesbians are as perhaps flamboyant about their preferences, and that they might take offense to things that almost advertise them as being so. What do you guys think?
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I suppose the analogy I'd use is that I consider myself a Christian, but I'm embarassed and outraged by the activities and proclaimed beliefs of a lot of other folks calling themselves "Christians" (particularly by intolerant right-wing types). Those people don't represent ME, and they certainly don't represent my Christianity. In much the same way, it is rarely fair to stereotype any group by looking at a very small percentage of its members, especially the most vocal and flambouyant percentage.
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Excellent point ... I've never really thought of it this way.
There's a limit to every cause ... And sometimes people go overboard. That would be like us sticking a condom detector on each and every member here to make sure they always wear one during sex(ual activities). Everyone has their own opinions on what's right or wrong and represent their own opinions, not everyone elses.
Isn't this going along w/ the "Please no generalizing" rule?
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Do realize that the folks you have to thank for there even BEING a cause, aand pride marches, are groups like Dykes on Bikes. They've been around and leading marches for as far back aas I can remember. That's pretty big thanks they're owed.
None of us identifies with every member of whatever group we subscribe to, be that by gender, race, locality, orientation or what have you.
If you feel you aren't even being adequately represented, there's a real easy solution: get the heck out there and representt yourself, eh? For instance, I know for a fact that there are plenty of people out there who don't think a person like me -- who has also worked in adult sexuality and moedled and is very salty in some respects -- is the best person to do something like Scarleteen or youth sex ed. But the real truth of the matter is that I'm one of the few out here making the sacrifices and putting myself in the public eye to do it. Make sense?
This reminds me of an Onion article that I posted a little while back.
I do think that these things, as the article indicates, do not promote tolerance or understanding. I do think that they're sort of silly. But, on the other, I don't think that anyone, as long as they're not doing harm to anyone else, should have to present a false image of themselves to society.
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