To commemorate LGBT Pride Month, and coincide with the theme of this issue of CityBeat, I wanted to explore the definition of pride—what it means to our society, what it means to the gay community and what it means to me. According to Wikipedia, Gay pride is “the positive stance against discrimination toward lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people to promote their self-affirmation, dignity, equality rights...” etc. Nothing against Wikipedia, but I’m not crazy about that definition.
I’m sure you have heard about the controversy surrounding Stephen Colbert’s anti-Trump tirade he unleashed last week on The Late Show. “I call [your presidency] ‘Disgrace the Nation,’” he said, before embarking on a string of harsh, though hilarious, insults ending with, “...the only thing your mouth is good for is being Vladimir Putin’s cock-holster.”Now, there are several reasons why people considered his rant to be offensive.
I knew there was something I did not like about my bartender when I pulled up a stool in that dive bar in upstate New York. My suspicion was confirmed when the 30-something server turned to fetch my drinks and revealed the phrase, “No Regrets!” silk-screened on the back of his T-shirt. Really? I thought. Not a single regret in the 30-plus years you have been alive on this planet? You have never over-served the wrong drunk? Taken home the wrong barfly? Spit in the wrong drink?
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Selecting a term
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