Here is a good article from June 19 in the New York Observer about the dwindling popularity of the New York City gay pride parade. Different people are quoted, giving their takes on why pride parades in general are suffering, but the major consensus seems to be that gay people are more assimilated into mainstream society now and so the parade has become less of a big deal and meaningful event. Many city dwellers in their mid-20’s to early 30’s are quoted, and I can’t help think how smug their comments sound. Their “so what” attitude, flippance, and disregard for the history of the gay rights movement – and ignorance of the struggles we still face as a nation (maybe because they’re cloistered in their urban utopian bubble) – kind of disgusts me.
This quote is a good example. A man named Nick Shapland is quoted. He is described as a “tall, well-tanned and skinny 22-year-old with carefully tousled brown hair” – gag! “Gay Pride is boring,” he said. “Maybe in the 60’s, it was fun when you’re like, ‘Fuck you! Fuck you, I’m gay and you’re an asshole,’ you know? Then you fast-forward from 19-whenever—whenever the gay revolution was, I don’t know, I’m not a scholar—things go on and get kind of boring.” Not a scholar, indeed.
This article calls to mind the issues I addressed in my blog about Gay Pride earlier in the month.