This thought comes after watching a YouTube video that was discussing different ethnicities and their social progress in the U.S. It pointed out that immigrants from India have done extremely well financially in the United States while, at the same time, having not attracted a lot of attention to themselves.
It seems to be taken for granted these days that being represented or even over-represented is always a good thing, but is it? Do Pride festivals actually benefit most LGB people, or have they become something we do just because we feel like we're supposed to? Is it just a big party that makes money for businesses that cater to it? I read one post on AGB the other day where some young gay guy was talking about how he was looking forward to offending all the conservatives by kissing his boyfriend in front of them. I get the counter-example that straight people engage in PDAs all the time, but I don't like seeing that myself. But if Pride becomes a thing that provide photo-ops to rile up the conservative base without providing material gains for us, is it a good idea?
I remember when I first marched in a Gay Pride march in 1988. That's now 35 years ago. It was a very different time when we were fighting sodomy laws and when we needed more group solidarity. There was no internet. We needed each other's presence, being seen in public. But do we need the same thing now?
I'm open to different opinions. Do we know why we need Pride parades or Pride month in 2023?
I'm posting this as a question for discussion.