The headline writers were much more attuned to the Out in the Park festivities Saturday, seemingly more so than the writer sent to cover it for The News Tribune (TNT, 7-13)
I don’t doubt that the writer saw what he reported about: “sex,” “hormones,” “loincloths,” “sweaty mass of bare skin.” It’s what all straight people see when they encounter a pride celebration. There’s nothing wrong with those things, but to lead the article with the report of the “Relax. It’s just sex” banner diminishes the entire gay rights movement to something that prizes sex above all else.
I wish the writer had taken the time to visit the booths and tables to learn about the higher incidence of LGBTQ youth suicide; the continuing struggles of same-sex parents; or our basic right to love someone and build a lovely, largely boring life where we contribute to our communities, pay our taxes and mow our lawns.
The only time I encounter a sweaty, writhing rainbow loincloth is either during pride or when I accidentally tune into any number of reality TV shows. Reporting on the LGBTQ community festival to note the rainbow duct tape is a little like doing a report on America but focusing on Lake Havasu during spring break.
There’s nothing wrong with wanton fun, but does it represent the best of our community?