Last night at 2 A.M. I found myself sitting on my couch, flipping through channel after endless channel until I found a documentary on ‘Pride’. Now I’ve never fully understood the meaning of ‘Pride’ or the marches and parades some cities hold but I became enveloped in this documentary. Some of the footage made me laugh, some of it made me cry – but one thing is for sure, I’ve come to understand what having ‘Pride’ means.
Some believe that such parades and marches are unnecessary, however it is quite the contrary. A part of the documentary took place in Moscow, Russia, which is far behind Europe in acceptance and pro-gay politics. One, Nikolai Alekseev, led the first peaceful march in Russia in 2008. Previous marches always instigated violence; however, Nikolai’s secret meetings all led to the first peaceful march. While Russia is a long way from where New York or San Fran is, it is enlightening to see such forward activism in such a place where simply being gay is demonized.
Seeing the Pride parades of New York, British Columbia, São Paulo, or the like, really inspired me to one day, be a part of something that big. However small the contribution, we all can do something to progress to a free world for all.
If any of you have been to a Pride march or parade, please post your experiences! I would so love to read them.