The grand marshals for the March this year were Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum and Reverend Dr. Troy Perry. The religious contingents marched at the head, unlike in previous years. I've mixed feelings about this emphasis on religion. I appreciate the political statement such a move makes, especially in the current fight against religious fundamentalism and literalism. I also support the ideal of inclusiveness, which must embrace religious groups as well as secular movements. But I think this move raises the profile of organized religion too much. The answer to fundamentalist homophobia lies in some version of human rights, equality and liberty, some universally valid vision, and not "God is also on our side." But the latter answer makes for better TV, I guess.
A cheeky placard held up by one such contingent quotes Paul, "It is not what enters the mouth that makes one unclean."
Pride should be a carnival as much as a political statement. I was happy to see so much flesh, feathers and fur. To mark Pride, I am resurrecting an old poem, with a slight revision in the last line.
Don’t lecture me on man and maid
as lock and key, as sheath and blade,
Statesmen or Sales, or Singers.
A ring, gold band, is Body’s goal;
the men cavort around the pole.
The women? Hot gun-slingers.