Left handed, blue eyes & blonde hair are genetic. Sexual identity isn't.<quoted text>
I don't think there's anything wrong with the loudness at gay parades. Why do gays have to suck up to the so-called "traditional" folks? I like the idea of gay parades PRECISELY because they're so flamboyant and embrace all forms of difference. The only problem is when "pride" is used as a defense mechanism in order to protect something, and inadvertently ends up trapping folks by making everything a reaction against oppressors and you no longer own yourself anymore. But, I think this is inevitable for nearly ANYONE who has been persecuted, or even just for those who are considered different in some way. And also, it's not REALLY "bad" to have a defense mechanism, but it's just, the point is that you shouldn't HAVE to have one, because being gay should just be like being left-handed, or having blonde hair, or blue eyes. And yet, it happens, because unlike having blonde hair, being gay is still persecuted for some reason. In some countries, being left-handed also still possesses stigma. And ultimately, this "pride as a reaction" thing HAS to happen when everyone everywhere is trying to bring each other down.
You're gonna have to convince me that gays are persecuted before we can continue or before I'll believe that the crap that goes on at gay parades is in any way justifiable.