odd... i typed up a whole supporting post to accompany this video when I sent it from YouTube... wonder where it went?
my main sentiment is an echo of that offered by Harvey Milk in his Hope Speech. too many people all over the world have to live in the shadows for fear of persecution. conversely (or perversely, rather) too many people all over the world believe that homophobia is a God-given virtue. the first group fear their hearts - the second group hardly recognize the role of the heart in this matter.
both groups NEED to realize that LGBTIQ people are normal human beings - and that they probably know, love and respect at least one of us. i firmly believe that each face in the light touches scores of faces in shadow. i believe that coming out and living openly is the best way to give hope to the oppressed - as well as shining light into the hearts of those who would vilify us. and like Harvey Milk:
"I use the word "I" because I'm proud. I stand here tonight in front of my gay sisters, brothers and friends because I'm proud of you." (along with my heterosexual family and friends who walk with me in light and love - i am proud of you too!)
so why do i want to participate in public representations of gay pride?
because we have to give them hope.