Saturday, September 30, 2006

NC Pride and Imported Texan Shame

What a beautiful day in the neighborhood! Today, North Carolina celebrated the beauty of diversity and ongoing freedom of speech in Durham with the NC Pride Parade. There were thousands of people from across North Carolina, representing the LGBTQ community and our allies. Sadly, for the first time that I recall in my own attendance of the NC Pride Parade in Durham, we had hecklers from a religious organization and pamphlets handed out by Ex-Gay advocates. These people, exercising their freedom of speech, set up across the street from the Pride Event, but unlike the other church organizations that participated in the events, this group shouted damnation, hatred and anger from a very loud sound-system in an attempt to disrupt the day. Luckily, this did not work well, as members of the LGBTQ community stood across the street from the Operation Save America group and sang "Jesus Loves Me" and laughed off many of the statements of bigotry that were tossed our way. When the Dykes on Bikes revved their Harleys to drown out the sound system, a cheer went up from the happy participants in the events.

I decided to investigate the website for this group. I found that the Operation Save America group is an anti-abortion group that moved into Concord, NC, in 2002 from Dallas, Texas. Their message is best conveyed by their own words and deeds, but let it be known that they use references of violence, struggle, battle, and war in describing their God's message. Check out their May, 2006, newsletter about how they claim victory for stopping a Gay-Straight Alliance at a Rowan County High School.

Fortunately for us, we have freedom to express our own messages of love, compassion and caring. The various church groups that came to show their support for the LGBTQ community promoted positive messages. I believe that more souls will be won with acceptance than with hatred and damnation.

As usual, the NC Pride Band was in attendance, and we were joined by many new participants, including the "Rainbow Girls." All in all, this was a good day, with reminders from the religious right that our issues are not at all over and with reminders of comfort and understanding from our peers.



Anonymous roro said...

Sorry they were there at all, but it sounds like you all had a great time despite the right-wing jerk-offs. What is with those repressed, hatred-spewing nutjobs? Love the Rainbow Girls!

9/30/2006 10:13:00 PM  
Blogger tlfl said...

Am I truly seeing in your picture of the Jesus dude that he is holding a snake? What is the deal with that? Sorry they tried to ruin your day, glad they were not successful. I enjoy your blog and appreciate the political updates. They help keep me motivated to fight the idiots...

10/03/2006 08:39:00 AM  
Blogger Ron Hudson said...

No, it isn't a snake, but the funny thing is that it is a shofar, a ritualist horn from Jewish religious tradition. I suspect these guys would distance themselves from Judaism if pressed, but this guy did raise his horn and toot it when he felt the urge...and it was interesting to watch...perhaps even subliminally homoerotic.

10/03/2006 05:19:00 PM  

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