Okay, so rant time.
You’re straight and support gay rights? Good for you! Like, seriously no sarcasm, that’s brilliant. You know why? Because there’s a lot of people in this world who don’t. A majority of heterosexual people don’t even count themselves as allies simply because they don’t want people to then begin thinking they’re gay- simply because so many people still think it’s a bad thing to like people who have the same sexual organs as you (crazy when I put it like that, huh?). This little thing is known as homophobia and gay/lesbian/bi/pan people are at risk of being emotionally, or maybe even physically, abused, because of it everyday. From anyone, ranging to family and all the way to random people on the street.
So, why do we need gay pride? Because lesbian/gay/bi/pan people need somewhere where they feel safe from homophobia, and where they feel like they’re not a minority, and that they are perfectly normal- which as a lesbian whose been out publicly for almost a year, believe me when I say, there are a lot of times when you feel like a freak.
So, congratulations, you’re straight. Lucky you- you don’t need a pride festival. You have your rights already. Don’t complain about not getting a pride when we still have to complain about our lack of rights.