Why I Still Love Gay Pride
By Out.com Editors
The day I performed was rainy but the lesbians who were running that year�s event�Jeremy and Chris had passed on the baton�were prepared for Juneau�s fickle weather. They hung a plastic tarp over the Silverbow�s parking lot. The food vendor at Junior�s pride was an employee of the bakery. He grilled burgers, hot dogs, and, best of all, fresh halibut. He had a sign that cheerfully read: �Enjoy a wiener cooked by a straight man!�
Straight people felt very comfortable attending Juneau�s pride. Straight couples would run into their gay or lesbian friends and stop to chat and have a beer. At one point I saw an extremely handsome�I believe the proper term is totally hot�man sitting at the Silverbow�s tiny bar. Of course, I asked Chris about him. �Oh, he�s a fisherman,� Chris said. �He�s straight but he doesn�t care. A party�s a party to him.�
The entire day did feel like a delightful party. People hung out for hours even though you could take in all of the craft vendors in 15 minutes. There were lesbian folksingers from the Yukon�yes�who were happy to be called �Klondykes.� And when I performed, my most popular joke, with straight and gay alike, was an observation I had made after several trips to Alaska: �What�s with the straight women in Alaska?� I asked. �They all look like lesbians. I�ll be talking to this woman with a crewcut. She�ll be holding a chainsaw and I�ll think, God, I love the dykes up here. But then I�ll find out she has six kids and has been happily married for 40 years.�
So my advice is that the next time you feel like griping about gay pride, go to a small city�s pride event. Although I agree with the people who hate gay pride on one thing: You should be proud to be gay but you should be embarrassed to march in a rainbow pride vest. Yep. There are some things that should stay in the closet.
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