Pride comes before a fall

If the Ponsonby Santa is anything to go by, there is no need for a Pride parade. However, the politicisation of Santa, sad though it is, is not the point of this article. I can’t help feeling a little bit of glee at the cancellation of the Pride Parade. This is a classic case of activists eating their own. quote.

Auckland Pride has scrapped next year’s parade which will be replaced by a march, reports suggest.

express Magazine?understands the march will not involve corporate companies which have participated in previous parades.

There will also be no opening gala or closing party next year. end quote.

In other words, it is toast. quote.

According to a number of community members at the meeting, the decision appeared to have been made before the meeting started.

Cassie Roma said on Twitter it was a “shame for all of us”.

“So @AucklandPride has announced that there will be no #Pride parade in 2019, only ‘a march’,” Roma said.

“What an absolute, crying shame. I hope the $30k they crowdfunded goes into community initiatives.” end quote.

Not enough money, obviously. This is what happens when you drive away your corporate sponsors by insisting on controlling every aspect of the event… including telling the police how to dress. quote.

At the start of this month, the Auckland Pride Board survived?a vote of no confidence?after division in the LGBTI+ community.

Hundreds of people gathered at Pitt St Methodist Church in central Auckland for a special general meeting of Auckland Pride.

After initially deliberating on whether to allow media into the meeting, a motion of no-confidence against the board was eventually put to a vote.

However, it was defeated by 52 votes – 273 for the motion and 325 against.

The board hit turbulence last month when it announced it would ban uniformed police officers from marching down Ponsonby Rd at the annual event. end quote.

This is what happens when activism becomes mainstream. The whole Pride movement was always an activist movement, but the problem was, over time, it garnered a lot of support. Most people simply do not have a problem with gay, or even trans people these days. Most people know one or two gays in their communities or workplaces and they?have no issues. Nobody sees them as abnormal any more. Pride became the norm. Corporate sponsors poured through the door. The police painted rainbow colours on their cars. It all became quite mainstream. But what is a poor activist to do when there is nothing to protest about any more?

Oh yes, that’s right. Start ordering the police around. That should set things off again.

Photoshopped image credit: Technomage

Let us hope that this is the beginning of the end for this ridiculous movement, which is about as relevant today as the Boston Tea Party. Every gay person I know leads a normal life and wouldn’t be seen dead in hot pants or glitter. I’m not saying they do not still face discrimination here and there, but for the most part, they are accepted members of society. We even have adverts of gay couples on TV selling credit cards. You can’t get much more mainstream than that.

We should take pride in the fact that we are a more accepting and inclusive society and the activists should learn that pride always comes before a fall.