July 05, 2002

The Lavendar Sell-Outs


I don't have much to say about Pride events as I am indifferent to them. Although I know how important it is for the newly out and those that truly celebrate liberation (read: older gay men and lesbians and the especially marginalized pioneers of Stonewall, the transgendered), A Question of Pride is an interesting Mother Jones article:

What began four years ago as a small protest gathering in Brooklyn has grown to become an undeniable -- if not exactly coordinated -- backlash against the growing presence, and importance, of corporate sponsors at Gay Pride events. Alternative 'Gay Shame' events are being held in dozens of cities. The common theme: Corporate sponorship is leading to the crass commercialization of the pride movement.

I didn't realize the anti-corporate protest began in my own borough. Neither did I realize that the protest has become international. I guess it's just a matter of time before camps truly hate and fight each other.

Posted by ronn at July 5, 2002 07:11 PM