Muscles, leather boots, wigs, costumes, more muscles, transvestites, speedos/jock straps, bears, make up, and oh did I mention muscles? These are just some of the things you’ll witness in one of the world’s strangest parades, the Gay Pride Parade.

Big cities like Chicago have a prominent history of exhibiting “gay pride” at the end of June of every year through this strange show of literally all the colors of the rainbow. When there, you’ll see some cool floats, some really strange ones, and some horribly grotesque ones. The GP Parade is definitely one of the most unique experiences you’ll ever have as far as parades go, given that you keep an open mind.

But at the end of the day, it makes me upset that that this creative/obnoxious show is all that the gay community wants to display as our source of culture and pride. While the whole extravaganza is definitely entertaining, there is definitely more than meets to the eye to gay men and women who are proud to be who they are.

Gay Pride month, especially the pride parade, is one of the few times of the year where people truly look at us as a community – and for us to have muscle men in tight underwear rubbing against each other as our poster image seems a bit ridiculous. I much rather take pride in the realities in life – of all the obstacles and challenges we’ve overcome in society as gay men and women, from our teen years in high school, to our college careers, to our actual careers. I much rather recognize the men and women who have overcome prejudice, hatred, and ignorance in main stream American and world cultures and have truly made a success of themselves, bettering our community and our image as a whole.

And yet these same people go mostly unnoticed by a community that’s too busy painting on butterfly patterns on their faces, strapping wings to their pure muscle bodies, and shaking it to lady gaga on a brightly colored float. What pride is there in that?

Gay Pride week should be just that, taking pride in who we are, and in the people in our community who have persevered despite all the wrongs the world has thrown their way.


About thepersiancloset

Hey there! I'm a gay Iranian-American raised in the US, studying Dentistry and hoping to open up my own practice some day. Being brought up in a Persian household proved (and proves!) to be difficult when my very liberal gay self clashes with the more conservative members of the household. Follow me on a week to week journey of growing up Gay in the Persian closet!
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