Sep 21, 2009
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Once again the “Freedom” Parade looks like the FREAK parade………If we want the heterosexual world to appreciate us and respect us, how about we start parading around like respectable people, NOT the freaks that most of the population likes to perceive us as.
Well JV, That just wasn’t very nice. Perhaps some therapy and less cats in the 1 brdrm apartment would do you well. Happy PRIDE anyway darling!
Wow JV, that was very narrow minded and bigoted. The gay culture is very diverse and wide spread and open and accepting, no matter what floats your boat. Perhaps if you were not a self deprecating homosexual, which is what your comments hints to, you would be able to see that. I think someone is ashamed of being gay and does not want to admit it. Just an opinion.
well i liked the photos would like to see more of them
thanks for posting them. this is a parade, for fun.
and everyone here looks like they were having fun.
WHAT??? I am not afraid of peole knowing I am gay,…….I guess since I dont agree or particiate in looking like a fool like most of the people at the gay ride parade do , I am a bigot????
First of all, IMO Dallas Pride is just an excuse for people to get drunk…….Gay Pride is supposed to honor those who fought in the NYC Stonewall Riots of 1969……which happened in JUNE, Not September…….Maybe when Dallas can hold its “Pride” in the actual month that it all started then maybe I can respect it…….Having gay pride in September is almost like having Christmas in May.
I thought the Parade this year was great with an excellent turn out overall.
While relatively small by other city standards, it’s nice that we receive some corporate
support. The floats were more creative than I’ve seen in recent years. Maybe JV expects gay Investment Bankers to march down the street in Hickey Freeman Suits, Hermes Tie,
and Gucci loafers – looking all “respectable” – well it’s just too damn HOT for that nonsense –
I’m sure there were a few Doctors, Lawyers, Professors and more amidst the crowd,
but the Pride Parade should NOT look like an HRC Federal Club Mixer.
I’ve attended numerous Pride Parades not only in the U.S., but Internationally as well….
and trust me ….the Dallas Parade is pretty tame.
My favorites were the Mexico entry with the locomotive complete with smoke effects….
Beyond Vanilla with the big girls on the teeter-totter, and Kaliente’s entry.
Thanks John and DV staff for capturing and posting some of the vibrancy and diversity of the LGBT community and it’s allies! What a colorful celebration of the freedom of the human spirit to rise above the oppression and doldrums of the collective’s artificial norms.
I hope we never trade our glitter and rainbows for the shame, greed, up-tightness, and inhumanity of golden parachuter’s, birthers, 10ther’s, and successionists,
Great photo essay on the emergence of a NEW Texas, and a NEW South!
Now – more glitter!
If you do not understand why Dallas celebrates Pride in September and not in June, then you seriously need to do some research. I have only lived here for 4 years and know why it is called The Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade. Again, all I read is gay man who claims to have gay pride yet is so bigoted towards gay people that are not like him. Sorry, but the truth hurts.
Hi guys, you can also see tons more photos from the pride parade at http://www.flickr.com/photos/omgitztrey/sets/72157622298431633/
Also, check me out on the Dallas Voice cover 😀
Excalibear, I’m sorry if I don’t think prancing around like a clown makes me “proud”……Let me guess, you must have been one of the ones that were prancing around like a clown huh?
Pride has definitely changed over the years. The first parade in 1970 in New York City had more of a protest theme towards it. Though that reflected the outrage of Stonewall Riots. But with growing support of LGBT issues pride has become more of day of celebrating our sexuality. I think we all need to celebrate our sexuality and be proud of who we are. However, I do think the protest atmosphere is needed as well. A balance is definitely needed in order to facilitate change and celebrate the triumphs of our community. I was happy with the results this year and look forward to the next parade.
No I was on the sidelines watching the festivities. If you think most gay people are “clowns” then maybe you should ignore the gay community. It is obvious you have lots of bigoted views towards the community. While we are all entitled to our opinions, to dismiss a community because they do not match what you perceive in your mind as “normal” is being narrow minded and bigoted. Honestly, your thinking is no different than a bigoted straight person’s. That is truly sad and unfortunate that a gay person hates on his own kind only because they do not mesh into his mold of normality. Then again, different strokes for different folks.
I am not one that walks around half naked, body painted and dancing in the streets.
But at least I can appreciate those that do.
If you don’t want to dance around in the street, then don’t do it. And for those that do want to leave them alone.
After all it is “Your Rights. Our Rights. Human Rights.”
@Tony Daniels Amen
Actually Excalibear, I do ignore MOST of the gay community……..I don’t like to be a victim of societies stereotypes of us. Kind of like when some blacks dont want to be grouped in with the ghetto stereotype. I dont hate on anyone of “my kind”, I just wish that they wouldnt act out the stereotypes that society has placed on us. I call it like I see it!
A friend of mine named Matt puts it perfectly when he says this:
“The thing I always think about when I hear/read responses like this to the Gay Pride Parade… what if we were to judge Straight people by their events? What if we were to assume all Straight people are like the ones we see at the St Patrick’s Day Parade? Or at Cinco de Mayo or Independence Day or New Year’s?
How can we play these after-school specials where we tell our kids “Dare to be yourself!” and in the next breath, admonish those adults who have the courage to be different?
Not everyone is “normal”… thank goodness.”
I think Pride has gotten way too commercialized over the years. Did we really need to have 3 (maybe it was more I lost track) undecorated semi-trucks drive down the street advertising beer? At least they could have put a few streamers or balloons on them to get in the spirit (no pun intended).
Hmmm. Hatered WITHIN the gay community is alive a well. How can we ever be accepted outside of the gay community, when we cannot have acceptance within the community? The gay community is diverse, that’s one of the things so beautiful about it, and mostly accepting accepting of diversity, however, some of our brothers and sisters really have a hard time loving each other and enjoying each other’s diversity. Sad. So very very SAD. You miss out on so much when you limit your world. No one should look back at their lives and say “should’ve, could’ve, would’ve”, you should look back on your life and say “I did”. With limiting yourself and those around you, you will end up in the “should’ve’ would’ve, could’ve” group. Life is too precious to waste it with hatered. NOH8.
How many times is that drag queen in the red boots going to show up for another event??????? It’s getting old! You don’t see famous straight people showing up in the same outfit! Get a real job so you can afford a new outfit!!!!
@JV- That is honestly very sad, and limiting. I could not live a life with a limited and tunnel vision view of people like that. If dressing in drag or throwing on glitter and body paint and walking down the street makes someone happy, then what is wrong with them doing it? Honestly what is worse, a person doing something that makes them happy, or pointing at them, singling them out and calling them a freak? But hey, if that works for you and makes you happy, then more power to you.
Since the early 20th century there’s been debate over whether we should be out and proud in a very colorful way or a hetero-normative way. Homophile movement vs. sexual revolution.
But in the series of photos there’s a spectrum of the GLBTA community. Students (the 1st and 3rd are fellow students from my school, UNT), a police officer, fully dressed crowd members, an equal rights group, fabulous queen, hard bodies, etc.
The community can’t really help it if someone chooses to focus on only certain people who distress them and overlook the rest.
It’s their problem, not ours.
Based on the commentary I’m reading here it would appear that members in this community have become self absorbed and a very hateful group tearing others apart but never taking responsibility for their own pathetic lives.
I’m ashamed to read this drivel and follow all this useless mud flinging. If you people were so good at flinging mud they why aren’t you doing good stuff for the community instead of looking for it’s flaws and capitalizing on how much “better” you are at lacking your own acceptance or compassion.
Who fought the Stonewall riots? HUH? was it the accountants? The doctors? The Lawyers? Or was it the pissed off DRAG QUEENS? What part of this have you pathetic people forgotten? While the drag queens where out in the street fighting, the rest of you closeted cock suckers where watching it all on television and reading it in the newspapers too affraid to SHOW YOUR TRUE COLORS and living each day in fear of being found out. So spare me your condecending useless comentary. Save it for the assholes that watch FOX NEWS or whine on MYSPACE instead.
I’m enbarassed to even associate myself with people like you. No, instead I’ll hug the drag queens and shake hands with the leather boys or even pinch their half naked butt cheeks before I’ll even give credit to “real life” textbook taught biggots like yourselves.
Screw your equal rights… Screw your marriage… Instead, get your ass to court and legally change your last name like I did 14 years ago. Make out a living will, and it’s gonna be pretty hard for people to contest a will with two men who legally have the same last name.
I’m more married in the stae of Texas than you pathetic bitches will ever be because I chose to make a difference regardless what the bible slapping right wing bitggots think and there’s nothing they can do to change it. *EVER*
I have legal power of attourney for my partner and he does with me.. and the only thing we don’t share is health care benefits. Period.
Now take your little kindergarden behavior and go home.. Schoolyard recess is over and you’re all facing detention if you keep it up.
For those of you who pride themselves in your ability to complain and do nothing, I hope you all get your karmic reutrn and I hope you all get clear indication of what’s happening as your little worlds fall apart around you. As your neighbors complain about you, and your landlords do nothing to fix breaking stuff, and your bosses ignore you when it comes to salary increases the way you did the same here in the past.
I’ve worked hard to earn my gay legacy for tomorrow which is more than I can ever say for some of you pathetic bitches. I love my gay brothers and sisters and regardless whether I get a hardon when I see a man wearing a dress or not, I’ll be there to support and assist them in trying to make the ability to share love for one another a better place.
YEAH, I’M PROUD! YOU BET YOUR ASS I’M PROUD and if you bad mouth any of my brothers and sisters when you’re in person you better be prepared for some serious dental work when I stand up to defend them. Nuff Said!
After reading all of these posts, between JV and all the others, I MUST chime in here for a moment Unfortunately. in this day and age, there are still many ignorant people in mainstream society that hate and despise the GLBT comminunity and they also despise the gay-friendly heterosexuals that adore this community as well. So with all of this, it makes no sense for all of us to be fighting amonst each other as well. I am not taking sides here and I do see JV’s point (maybe not to his extreme) and everyone else’s as well.
Yes, it seems that most of the media attention at Gay Pride events always tends to focus more on the “extreme” side of our community, like the drag queens, leather crowd, etc. But unfortunately, the same media never seems to focus attention on what these groups (whether considered to be extreme or not) have done for the commuinity over the years, as far as charitable events, fund raisers, etc. And this is all that mainstream America is watching—A Freak Show (in their eyes, not ours) with no explanation or background on EVERYONE that participates in these events.
It would be nice if everytime a television camera videotaped a pride parade or a news reporter snapped a picture, that maybe, just maybe their could be some “healthy” commentary to go with it, and not worry about how much the gay community “parties”,. drinks, etc., as there is just as much dysfunction in the hetero-world as in ours.
What a great parade! Oak Lawn Band was proud to return to the parade this year. The response when we stepped off was incredible! It was so loud, I almost couldn’t hear our Drum Major’s whistle. Many thanks to the members of the Houston Pride band who came up to march with us. We also had people come in from East Texas and Waco to participate with us. Thank you Oak Lawn for the amazing reception at the parade! We can’t wait for next year!
And as long as we are thanking people here, I must once again give a big THANK YOU for Dallas’ own local vocal artist, Anton Shaw and her band, for once again making us all “Get Down and Boogie” in Lee Park with their fabulous covers of Disco Classics. I enjoyed Aton’s performance last year in Lee Park and even more this year. I do hope this becomes more of a tradition with Anton and her band each year in Lee Park after the parade, as they have provided the best “local band entertainment” (in my opinion) that Lee Park’s festivities have seen in years. PLEASE KEEP COMING BACK ANTON AND WE LOVE YOU;!!!!
Jesus Tap Dancing Christ – if we can’t all get along in our own community then how the hell can we convince the rest of the world to get along with us? I too have had a somewhat distasteful view of Pride. Thinking that maybe it was just a “freak” show (although that seems a bit harsh). The fact of the matter is, the drag queens stood up for equality at Stonewall and continue to do so. It takes us all. We are a diverse group of people but we all want equality. As a friend said “If your ass isn’t out there marching you can’t say a damned thing”. Kinda true. If you don’t like the image portrayed then work to change it.
I do think that more people especially younger people need to know what pride is about. It isn’t about getting drunk and frolicking in the street (although that can be quite fun and entertaining). It’s about equality and being who you are and being PROUD of that and understanding the history of those who have faught for equality.
@Josh Youngblood, one small comment. You state “It isn’t about getting drunk and frolicking in the street (although that can be quite fun and entertaining). It’s about equality and being who you are” for some, getting drunk and frolicking in the street is being who they are, and that is ok too. Our community is made up of all types, so beautifully colorful, so distastefully tacky, etc., ect., they only thing that shames me about our community, is the hate within. @Rick Wagner, I love the way you tell it like it is buddy. @everyone else, keep on being proud of yourselves and your brothers and sisters, no matter how much they may get under your skin, cause when your back is up against the wall, all you really have is “the family”.
Free and equal people should be able to do whatever they desire as long as it doesn’t physically/legally harm others or themselves. Our constitution is supposed to guarantee all of us of this civil right and currently you would think it read “all men are created equal”….well except gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people.
As a community that has been denied EQUAL protection under the law, we need to be bitching & protesting about that instead of bitching about how people enjoy Pride events. The sooner we ALL get on this same page, the sooner we ALL will be equal.
Free & equal people don’t bargain for their rights and in America we shouldn’t have to. It’s time for our community to shed our low self esteem and demand equality now. We need to be doing something every day including civil disobedience that works towards the goal of equal protection under the law in all 50 states governed by civil law.
I am tired of begging for crumbs of equality from our legislators. I encourage all to join an amazing grassroots efforts being organized in Washington DC on October 10-11 called the National Equality March. This will be an historical event and one I believe will be remembered when many in our community finally came together as ONE and said…no more. We are equal and we demand our civil rights provided to us the day we were born as an American citizen.
And living in Texas….this federal approach will be the only strategy that will gain us our equal rights much sooner than later. After all, it was a mere 6 years ago when it was still illegal to be gay in Texas.
here’s a link to some sexy people pics i took at the Freedom Parade – Pride Day Festivities.
hope u dig.
David, see my blog for links to photo albums of the parade (including a photo set consisting of 660 photos that I took there that day). Links appear in the “Related Links” section at the bottom of the blog entry.
JV, there are going to be “stereotypes” in every group. What ‘some’ choose to focus on is NEVER under our control. If a bigoted, self-righteous person wishes to find justification for his or her beliefs and opinions … s/he will; it can’t be helped. What you do have control over is how you choose to react to others who appear to have different interests, beliefs, even values. I myself do not date drag queens (it’s just a personal preference) but I have had some WONDERFUL FRIENDS over the years who are into drag. I support them and I’ve gone out with them and had a great time. Neither do I have a problem with the leather boys (though you won’t ever see ME in leather chaps and a harness; not with this big-ass belly I’ve grown over the years! LOL). They don’t bother me; it’s just a different circle of people “doing their thing.” It’s what I write about in my blog (http://www.n1spirit.com/blog/?p=2893) about the parade; it’s all about cherishing and respecting the DIVERSITY of our community.
I caution you and others who would judge harshly those whom you refer to as the “freaks” to think twice about the attitude you’re adopting. It is the same attitude of closed-mindedness and prejudice that we in the LGBT community have been fighting for many years.
I’m not as active in activism at the age of forty-six as I was in my early twenties here in Dallas but I can assure you we’d be a helluva lot further behind in the fight for equality today were it not for the support and personal efforts (AND sacrifices) of the drag queens and all those other people you call “freaks” in the early days. I myself am proud to be a part of the LGBT community and will stand up in support of any member’s choice for living his or her life (so long as doing so does not harm another physically or mentally). In fact, the ONLY group that I have a problem with is NAMBLA (but I’m not going to get into a long discussion about that here).
Just read the blog if you wish and reign in your criticism of those who have fought hard for YOUR rights.
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