Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Have You Been To Pride?

I have.

I know people who love it, I know people who hate it.

I have been to the Northampton, Norwalk, Hartford, Providence, and the New York City pride events and I even attended a pride event at psychiatric hospital (Connecticut TransAdvocacy Coalition was invited to table at the event, all I will say is that it was interesting). I intend to attend other pride events.
LGBT women don’t feel comfortable at Pride, new study suggests
Pink News
By Jess Glass
12th June 2018

A new study has suggested that many lesbian, bisexual and queer women do not feel comfortable at Pride events.

LGBT Pride is celebrated around the world each summer, with countless events organised to celebrate and revel in diverse gender identities and sexualities.

However, according to a recent study conducted by dating app Her, the events may not be as inclusive as people would hope.
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When the results were broken down by sexuality, the study found that this discomfort was felt more by bisexual and queer women, who often face unique discrimination within the community.

43 percent of bisexual women surveyed said they do not feel comfortable at Pride events and parades.

This was echoed by women who self-identified as queer, with over half of queer respondents saying they did not feel welcomed at the events.
I have noticed that different Prides focus on different things, some are more family centered, some are more vendor centered, and some are beer focused. And some are male focused.

When Hartford Pride was in Bushnell Park it seemed more family focused with a play area for children. When it was held on Main St. in front of city hall it seemed beer focused, and on Pratt St. it was more vendor focused.

What about you?



2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I have been to Boston Pride, dressed and marching as a group, back in 1993. Being in full make-up, etc. I feel more anonymous and safe. I might not go and my male self. My bi wife feels she doesn't need to shout to the world her part of the LGBT acronym.

Richard Nelson said...

I have been to so many PRIDE's that now 47 years later I do not feel like attending anymore. I can't put my finger on why I just don't want to be bothered but here are some thoughts. The trinkets and being a member of a trinket tribe does not interest me, the entertainment doesn't do anything for me, folks letting out hot air exp. politicians do nothing for me, speakers telling me all about how much they do for the community turn me off, here in Hartford the tight space of Pratt Street is a real turn off and the sound of the one clique cliquing turns me off, and I hate NYC since the powers that be cleaned it up and murdered its soul. Now that is just me.

We do still need Pride if only to show the world do not mess with us, we have a large number of folks who are out in the streets. Show them our numbers. We still need PRIDE for the young to gather and have fun. One thing that has been missing and we need in these terrible times is more political speeches, more speeches that will tell the powers to be "DON"T MESS WITH US!

I will never forget PRIDE 1973 when all of the straight gays, feminists, and lesbians booed Sylvia when she was up on the stage. Wrong road fools wrong road.