I'm totally forcing Penny's hand. She posted this on her Facebook as a note, and I think this is what the Anonymous commentator on my last blog was talking about when he mentioned the drag queen.
Which I think is completely unfair, considering how much Penny does.
There have been a lot of changes in the Cincinnati GLBT Community Center and the Pride Committee has been negatively affected….Cincinnati may have no Gay Pride Celebrations this year. It’ won’t be the first time we’ve missed out on Pride Celebrations, but it’s a bummer no less….it’s also just a big gay rumor – and it got me to thinking about Pride.
You see – most of us who are part of the active gay community are pretty much over the Pride Celebrations in Cincinnati. Its a couple too many things:
1. It’s too expensive!
After the Pride Committee pays for extra police, permits, access and sanitation it ends up costing a small fortune. Each participant ends up paying about $100 plus the cost of the float or booth and no one really puts any effort into making a float or decorating a booth (with a couple of exceptions, of course)
2. It’s too early in the morning!
If you participate in the parade you have to be there by 11am, lined up and ready to go. I don’t need to tell you what a drag queen looks like after working until 4am, getting a half hour nap and getting back up to put on more makeup (and a big pair of sunglasses) to be back in Clifton by 11am. Mind you – the parade doesn’t start until 1pm, but they make us line up early anyway. It’s miserable and HOT as hell….nothing like the Ohio Valley in June….
3. There is no Parking that makes any sense in Northside and everyone ends up pissing off the entire neighborhood by parking in “their spot” for half the day. Then after the parade, you have to walk about 65 miles to find your car (and potentially get out of drag and attempt to celebrate with your friends).
So, you see, for those of us that are “active” in the community, the Gay Pride Celebrations are our least favorite activity of the year. Many people don’t even think we need a Gay Pride Parade at all and the festival in Hofner Park is much less “festival” than it is flea market with a beer truck. What’s the purpose??
Well - The Cincinnati Gay Pride Celebration and Festival isn’t for those of us who are active or participate. The Celebration isn't for the people on the street watching us slowly make our way down Hamilton Ave or buying rainbow bead necklaces from a vendor. It’s not for the people who are inside one of the Northside bars doing their best to Stimulate the Economy!
The Cincinnati Pride Celebration is for all the people who haven’t yet had the courage to join us. It’s for all the gays who watch the newscasters uncomfortably report on the odd display of feathers, streamers and rabbis decked out in the rainbow colors making their way thru a secluded section of Cincinnati. Those people need to see the gays who feel like they need to hold out a sign and march down the street all the while saying that it’s okay to be just that; gay and celebrating openly. It is for them that we still fight for equal rights and it is for them that we pay too much, get up too early and bitch about parking. It is for them that we need this celebration – to coax them out of the seclusion that they believe is necessary to protect their lives.
Of course, having said all that, a Pride Parade is not the only way to celebrate. There are many options on the table for maintaining a visible celebration – one of them is a Big Gay Party at Sawyer Point or on Fountain Square and there are many others.
Remember, when you’re headed out to your Pride Celebrations (or maybe even a Mr/Miss Ohio Gay Pride Preliminary Pageant in a town near you) that you’re doing all this celebrating so that other gays can find the courage to celebrate for themselves one day. Your reveling in your gayness is an act of giving to those who cannot yet revel – and you should be proud of yourself (wink).
And there’s my One Penny’s Worth (smile).
Oh and I'm posting her Vlog #6 because she's so loved over here and I like to see her smiling face. :-)
And that's my Penny's worth :-). Apparently, I just like to cause problems.