Gay Pride marches have always meshed protest with parade, and as LGBT rights are under threat by the U.S. government, they need to be defended, implies Samantha Allen. In its history, Gay Pride was a radical event of resistance, with the Stonewall Riot standing out in particular. Last year saw the highest number of recorded LGBT deaths in U.S. history. In the modern day, trans and gay optimism has waned as governmental forces seek to limit their rights. Trans people in particular feel vulnerable, alone and ally-less as few stand up for them. Protest at parades is needed as much as ever to highlight oppression and to stand up for LGBT rights.
America’s Gay Pride parades have become too politically entrenched, barring diversity of thought and engagement of differing world views, holds Scott Shackford of Reason. A gay Trump supporter, who wanted to bring a float to the march in Charlotte, NC, was rejected by the event’s organizers. Similarly, LA Gay Pride openly made their event anti-Trump, excluding gay Republicans. This closed-minded mentality mixes politics with gay pride yet excludes numerous LGBT people. Anger at the current administration shouldn’t be combined with an event that ultimately celebrates acceptance of being different.