Kevin McCormick writes:
It is a bit strange for the homosexual community to put these activities on display publicly in their annual “sexual freedom” rallies in San Francisco and elsewhere and then expect the rest of the world not to assume that this is the norm. One would have to conclude that the homosexual community is accepting of such activities and guess that the percentage of those that participate in them are vastly higher than the non-homosexual population.
I felt compelled to respond:
Kevin, there were approximately 128 contingents in last year’s Seattle Pride Parade. Most of them were just people walking together and carrying banners of support. Here are some of the names you’ll recognize or can figure out:
Boeing Employees Credit Union, Esurance, Group Health, Microsoft, Verizon WIreless, Expedia, Macy’s, Amazon, YMCA, Wells Fargo, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Orbitz, Alaska Airlines, PCC Natural Markets, Starbucks, Cupcake Royal, Best Buy, Seattle Men’s Chorus, Hands of Kali Bellydance, Tom Douglas Restaurants, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Port of Seattle, Wallingford United Methodist Church, Unitarian Universalist Churches of Greater Puget Sound, Seafair, City of Seattle, Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest, Teatro Zinzanni, Washington Federation of State Employees, Bellevue College, [+ regional community colleges], King County Metro (transportation), King County Library System, Seattle First Baptist Church, Metropolitan Community Churches, United Churches of Christ, Lakeridge Lutheran Church, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Many of these, like Microsoft, Starbucks, and Amazon, are probaby companies that you patronize.
As usual at our parade, there were also elaborate floats with near-naked bodies gyrating to deafening rock music, and there were drag queens and Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, etc. And there were the Dykes on Bikes. Big deal.
On a different summer weekend in Seattle we have another huge parade, the Fremont Summer Solstice Parade, which mostly represents the “default” sexual orientation. Now, in that parade you will see literally hundreds of totally naked bodies—more with every passing year, it seems. There are the famous nude bicyclists—probably over a hundred of them by now—and women in every state of undress. There are also floats with near-naked bodies gyrating to deafening rock music.
You want to see for yourself? Just Google “Fremont Parade photos” and get a look.
Then come back and tell me that the heterosexual community is not accepting of exhibitionism, voyeurism, and public displays of “lewd and lascivious” behavior. Haven’t you ever been to Mardi Gras? Or been to the movies lately? Or checked out the magazine racks?
What you wrote just confirms the old adage that “we see what we expect to see.”