Well it was just a matter of time, really. I mean, you had to know it was coming. Local gay activist Daniel Cates has launched a Facebook page called “Take Back Dallas Pride,” which is the latest example of a national movement whose effects were recently witnessed in Austin. Here’s the description of Cates’ group:
- “Reclaiming Dallas LGBT Pride, as a vehicle for political and social change, queer expression and community building-free from beer advertisements, racial and social segregation/alienation and conservative integration into mainstream society!”
It’ll be interesting to see where this goes. I don’t think anyone associated with Dallas Pride, including Tavern Guild Executive Director Michael Doughman, would deny that it’s become a celebration that’s paid for by corporate sponsors, who in turn receive the benefit of product promotion. But some of Cates’ allegations seem a little over the top. For example, I don’t think anyone who’s been to Dallas Pride in recent years could argue that it’s racist — I would say it’s roughly half Latino. Likewise, one would have a difficult time arguing that Pride doesn’t remain full of queer expression.
At this point, this is just a Facebook page, similar to the effort to bring former first lady Laura Bush to Dallas Pride. And again, it’ll be interesting to see where it goes. Thoughts?