On Pride

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Featured Image: Jeanne Manford marching with her son during the 1972 New York City Pride Parade.

I can’t say I feel proud that progress has finally been made in my country this week, though, admittedly, i am overjoyed. The fact that the federal decision to legalize gay marriage was not a landslide, that it passed by 1 measly vote, leaves me slightly bitter too. It is in bad tone though I suppose to harp on the circumstances of a clear win. 

I am not proud, I am however satisfied. Humanity, miserable as it might be en masse, does exhibit a kind of optimistic tenacity in its glacially paced bid towards progress. 

if i were gay, i’d marry this one 🙂 🙂 🙂

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6 thoughts on “On Pride

  1. Yeah, we have an unfortunate history of finally doing something right, then rejoicing as if we have accomplished something awesome… when the sad reality is that we were just finally dragged kicking and screaming into doing what should have been obviously the right thing all along. It’s like having to explain how slavery was wrong and bad and that people shouldn’t own other people… yet there was a time when this seemed like an acceptable thing that some people could be owned by other people… we sadly aren’t that far removed from a generation of people who shrugged and thought this made sense! So I’m never sure if people suddenly become right and caring, or they just begrudgingly agree to stop doing whatever bad thing they really secretly still wish they could do.

    It’s like… what if in 10 years slavery was suddenly permitted again? Don’t you think you probably know some people who would be ok with that and be in line to buy someone? Just like I’m sure there are people waiting for this marriage thing to be backtracked so they can jump back off the bandwagon. People are kind of disappointing a lot of the time.

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  2. To quote Jefferson, as written on his monument wall:

    “I am not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and constitutions, but laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change, with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors.” (Jefferson)

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