Loaf: Yeehaw for a redneck Pride parade

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Those urban, gay-loving sophisticates at Creative Loafing might just have a point: Wouldn’t a Pride parade in rural Georgia do more for the LGBT cause than marching through the gay ghetto on Sunday?

The argument comes in the form of an editorial in this week’s edition of the paper. (Last week, the paper previewed this weekend’s Pride fest.) We mostly live in a ghetto – albeit a pretty comfortable one with an expansive park –so wouldn’t a march showing our considerable gay heft do more good in South Georgia? Or even along West Paces Ferry Road where the rich, powerful and influential live?

The Loaf thinks yes.

You’re probably wondering why should we be ashamed. After all, others built the walls of the ghetto in which we live. We, however, are doing very little to tear them down. While we march down the gay-friendly streets of Midtown on Sunday and play this weekend in Piedmont Park, perhaps we should consider what might happen if the same energy and money spent on frolicking in our ghetto were to be devoted next year to upending a system that denies us our most basic right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Maybe next October, a gay rights march in rural South Georgia or along the mansion-lined streets of West Paces Ferry Road could commemorate our pride in a very different way.


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