Gay Pride vs. Gay Marriage
We’re approaching June fast and we all know what that means…it’s Pride season! The banners are up around town, the flags will be raised high and mighty and there’ll be an exceptional buzz as Pride 2012 gets nearer and nearer.
But as more and more political figure heads and celebrities come out in support of the LGBT community and gay marriage, should we focus less on gay pride and more on gay marriage?
Here in Dublin, after Pride, we have the March For Marriage each August, which in my opinion is more important. I’ve heard from quite a few people that Pride just isn’t their cup of Earl Gae and they think it hinders the community and the fight to be taken seriously. With this in mind, would we benefit more from just having a March For Marriage and focusing all our attention on that, promoting it and supporting it?
If, for one year, we could JUST have the March For Marriage and pull in the massive crowd that usually turns up for Pride, would we benefit more and get further along the path to full and equal marital rights?
At the risk of sounding like Carrie Bradshaw I’ll try not end anymore paragraphs with questions. It would be great if there was a “marriage week” where workshops, talks, debates and official interactions with politicians and LGBT families and couples took place, a chance for people to show their support and then ended with the march.
Am I being a bit simple here or do you agree? (Damn, eat your heart out Bradshaw).