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Gay Pride was celebrated once again in the streets of America last week as part of June's Gay Pride Month. Here in San Francisco, home of the largest gay parade, this year while some chose to express their political and sexual agenda visually, a different face was trying to be presented. Instead of the usual dominant “in your face” activist, sexually explicit show, it was “all about families.”
Many of the participants were dressed in regular clothes, pushing toddlers in strollers, or walking holding hands. The message found in books we've all heard about that are being used in kindergarten and other classrooms, such as Heather Has Two Mommies, found expression as little kids carried signs saying, "I love both my mommies."
The parade did not lack in participation by elected officials. San Francisco Police Chief, Heather Fong, was not only at the parade, but marched in it with some of her officers. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Sgt. Lea Militello said, "This department really does mirror the community we serve...there are so many police departments in the country where officers can't be out of the closet."
The police department also had one of their own at the announcer's booth, who along with the other two announcers, was very affirming of the various parade participants, for instance, drawing attention to certain drag queens as “she” and how much good they've done, and money they have raised, for the city. Several State Legislators were also in the parade, such as Carole Migden.
Gavin Newsom, San Francisco's Mayor, responsible for starting the wave of illegal gay marriages that took place across the country in 2004, told the camera, "The bottom line is this parade defines what San Francisco represents: It's about living life out loud." Referring to the recent gay marriage bill in California's state legislature Gavin said, "A year ago, could you have seen a vote on same-sex marriage being that close? We're just in the beginning of this fight."
Several companies were represented in the parade, or lined the streets with banners. The San Francisco Chronicle had a pink truck as their float, and Kaiser Permanente marched in the parade celebrating gay pride.
Some hailed and some groaned to learn of the Freedom in Christ Evangelical Church's float in last Sunday's parade in San Francisco which had a rainbow cross and a huge sign that declared, “Christian & Gay = OK.”
While this gives a quick picture of 2005’s annual gay event, there’s nothing like direct quotations to gain a clearer picture of the mentalities and goals that exist around this (or any) issue. For instance:
As America is being faced with the increasing acceptance of gay marriage around the world, such as most recently in Spain, it is critically important to know and communicate thefacts effectively on this, as well as on all issues, based on the stated motivations and agenda of its advocates, the existing law and the basis for it, history and the voice of wisdom and time-tested truth ournation was founded on. To make decisions about critical issues such as this out of emotion, or what we think apart from these elements, can have disastrous results for any culture.