My apologies to Edwin Starr but, during Pride Week here in the District, the question needs to be asked. What is the point of this week-long celebration of all things gay?
The homosexual community has become more fragmented and can't seem to agree on anything.
HIV/AIDS is still among us, still claiming lives.
Homosexuals are more visible now than they've ever been.
Pride festivities have devolved into fetish- and stereotype- filled parties where the most negative aspects of the community are on display.
What is there to be proud about?
I wish I knew. At one point in time, Pride Week was a time to show solidarity to the world. It was a time to stand for causes, to push for equality, to demand the same protections afforded to other targeted groups.
Now? I don't know. I certainly can't see a point to any of it. Maybe it's because I've seen where things were and where they are. Maybe it's because I'm just getting old and jaded and comfortable. Maybe it's because I could be right.
Would someone tell me? Pride ... what is it good for?