Top five places to maybe/maybe not catch Gay Pride
One of the biggest drags (pun intended) a Gay American experiences at their local pride parade is location. Where can one best experience the event? The sidewalks of New York City, San Francisco, and Miami are jam-packed with funky queers in heels, and biker babes in their best Springsteen t-shirts. Trying to find a choice spot to celebrate what civil liberties you’ve fought for is a real “First World problem.” But, as daunting as it is in some of the bigger cities in the country, it’s a far cry from some of the smaller communities here and around the planet. Still if you’re feeling all sorts of radical and into reviving the Gay Liberation Front, consider some of these locations to fight for your pride, or to just avoid till other brave souls have pioneered a safe path for you.
Even though homosexuality was decriminalized in 1993, almost a generation ago, the anti-gay sentiment is still alive and well. Earlier this year, protest were staged by members of the LGBT community seeking to hold a parade. But instead they were blocked by Christian protesters and police. What’s up Russia? So if you’re feeling like promoting civil liberties abroad, and maybe living out some Russian prison fantasy—which is ok—book a flight in May 2013. You might get lucky.
Last year’s Pride parade in the coastal city of Split didn’t end with a sunset disco party on the bay, as much as with a riot that bloodied participants. But this year as the country is poised to enter the EU, and with the help of the police, a helicopter, and a water canon, government ministers and gay advocates walked in solidarity without a hitch. We’re guessing some officials got word of the disposable income gay men seem to have lying around, and may want to cash in on the whole Dalmatian coast is the new Riviera thing. Wealthy international gays, plus Croatian men, equals billions in revenue. Paradise for the Barry Diller set.
The following is the country’s official position on Homosexuality: “Due to tradition in Korean culture, it is not customary for individuals of any sexual orientation to engage in public displays of affection…. Homosexuals in the DPRK have never been subject to repression, as in many capitalist regimes around the world. However, North Koreans also place a lot of emphasis on social harmony and morals. Therefore, the DPRK rejects many characteristics of the popular gay culture in the West, which many perceive to embrace consumerism, classism and promiscuity.” So let’s just forget it.
Johannesburg, South Africa:
South Africa boasts having the oldest Pride event on the continent (nay, we say only?), with its own marketing savvy hash tag circulating—#JoburgPride—catch some gay love down under when it’s autumn up north, and spring time below. Of course it’s not all a party in the infant country. They have seen the rise of “corrective” rape of lesbians, and obvious corruption within the country’s system that grants asylum to gay and lesbians from neighboring countries. Gays face a lot of bribery, robbery, xenophobia, racism, and unpunished violence. You know, social growing pains. But gosh they’re all so cute, it’s a tough call.
Salt Lake City, Utah:
The mountain oasis isn’t known for its welcoming attitude towards gay people, which is kind of weird because they’re all about big families and what not. And where the Mormon community has been big on excommunicating members based on sexuality, a brave few Latter Day Saints openly marched in this year’s Pride parade, toting signs that read God Loves His Children. Better god than some of those shady daddies hiding behind compound walls. Maybe next year they’ll have marchers in leather, sacred undergarments? Hot?