A Liberal’s Conservative View of Gay Pride Celebrations

Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, writer, blogger and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Advocate, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, Raw Story, and The Huffington Post

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  1. John says:

    The last Twin Cities Pride Fair I attended was in 1994. Afterwards, I wrote an article very similar to yours. Alas, it sounds like little has changed in the intervening 18 years.

  2. Bernie Keefe aka OneOfTheWatchers says:

    Very well put!

  3. I hear your frustration. I wish that our community was more focused on activism and acknowledging our history, but I reconciled the opposite some time ago. I’ve come to view Pride as a chance for people to blow off steam. So many spend their days feeling “less than”, Pride gives them a rare moment to celebrate, and an excuse to drink as much as they want. While that isn’t my idea of Pride, I’ve come to understand it. The bigger issue, to me, is that after all the messiness of Pride, most just resume their lives, with no thought of their greater role in the community. I wish there was a way to channel everyone’s energy more productively, changing apathy into action… Keep up the great work!

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