Yesterday, a friend of mine shared a picture on facebook that compared the Brazilians’ attendance to São Paulo’s Pride Event – over a million people – and to a march against corruption in our politics, held either in São Paulo or Brasília?, which had only about 2,500 attendees.
He then went on to make this remark about that difference (and here you’re gonna have to forgive my poor translating skills): “Amazing: there are more people fighting for the right to get fucked in the ass than people trying not to.”
Now, there are one hundred thousand and one different levels of wrongness in that sentence (he has no way of telling if the people at the pride weren’t at the march, or that they don1t care about the march; being gay is MUCH more than getting fucked in the ass – some don’t even do that at all, shocking!, and he completely excludes lesbians and trans people from this; fighting for gay rights is WAY bigger that fighting for the right to… well, you get the point) which I addressed in the topic over there, and for which he sort of apologized, but they are not what I’ll be focusing on – though you guys are free to do that in the comments.
Ultimately, after apologies were made, the discussion shifted to question the utility and efficacy of Pride Events as political events, and a lot of people seemed to think they were more like a huge party than anything else. I have never attended one of such events, so all I could say was that they were supposed to be political, and that even if there are people that go in the hopes of having a good time, it doesn’t nullify the importance of it. (And then people would tell me I couldn’t really say anything because I’ve never been there.)
So, I turn the question to you:
Have you ever been to a Pride Event? How important do you think they are? Do you feel they are becoming less and less political as time passes? Do you think it (or the media coverage of it) sometimes helps building stereotypes of the LGBTQ community? Do you think we should be worrying about “more important” things?
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