Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Why Pride?

This weekend Santa Cruz celebrates 40 years of national “Gay Pride.” Pride celebrations consist of marches and/or parades, festivals, community events, and public education and outreach. The purpose of Pride is to affirm lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities.

As a minority population, LGBT people live within the construct of a heterosexual paradigm that eclipses their existence. During Pride, they are able to come out from under this overshadowing and create an environment where their presence, relationships, concerns, and sensibilities matter.

LGBT communities universally reject the gender binary construct of male and female as polar opposites. Instead of being created “male” and “female” in a mutually exclusive fashion they believe we are created “male and female.” Neither sex (biology) nor gender (identity based upon the interpretation of one’s sex) is absolute.

Each person genetically, hormonally, emotionally, and spiritually is a wonderfully unique combination of yin/yang, male and female. Each person has a birthright to explore and reconcile these complementary energies and live an evolving balance of the two.

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