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Last night, I attended my first D.C. Pride event and I am completely sold. Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company presented SpeakeasyDC’s production of “Don’t Ask, Do Tell: stories about coming out, coming clean, or just plain coming.” SpeakeasyDC puts on a great show: bluntly honest, hysterical, and heartfelt. This production not only exceeded expectations, but it brought something else to the evening as well: non-judgmental Pride.

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Kurt Cobain was a vocal opponent of homophobia, and resented Nirvana fans that refused to acknowledge the band’s political views. The liner notes from Incesticide declared — “if any of you in any way hate homosexuals… don’t come to our shows and don’t buy our records.” But kids in Nirvana shirts still wrote “fage” in all my R. L. Stine books, and yelled “I smell fruit!” each time I walked up the street from school. Even my brother and his friends, while they plucked the chords from ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit,’ still seemed to think “gay” was just a fun way to describe something awful.

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The arrival of the gay pride season in the US often brings out diverse reactions in the gay community, ranging from eager anticipation to disinterest, ambivalence, and even disdain. The reasons cited for waning enthusiasm for gay pride among many queers, particularly the younger ones, are numerous: it’s too commercial, it’s too narrow and homogenous in it’s presentation of what “gay” is, it’s too much about desire (consumerist and sexual) and not enough about community or activism or culture.

My own views on Pride have wavered between curiosity and indifference. But it wasn’t until I participated in the EuroPride parade and events of Warsaw that I actually felt solidarity with the gay community, and well, PRIDE!

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Often, change starts small – with no epic triumph of good whereby evil and hatred is forever banished from the kingdom in one shot.

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At this point in your journey you think the hardest part about being a gay kid in an exclusively straight environment is that you don’t have a template to model your life after. There is no one to show you what you can hope for or what you should steer away from. No one to take you by the hand and assure you that everything will turn out fine. Blind and unguided, you’re left to fend for yourself, to piece together a good life when you have no idea what a good life is supposed to be for a gay black man.

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As the snow melts and spring approaches, however unwillingly, Pride Month looms over the horizon. For queer people across the country – world, even! – it’s the highlight of the year. June can’t come soon enough and it’s almost always too short.

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It is our job to develop the core of our youth to such an extent that it doesn’t matter who is around or where we are, we know who we are and what we have to offer our communities and the world.

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The It Gets Better project promises a better, more accepting life for gay and questioning young people. But doesn’t it therefore tacitly admit that things can’t get better now?

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It seems as though the potential for a new, energetic international LGBTQ movement is becoming more of a reality. While pride parades are most definitely not the cornerstone of a “movement” they undoubtedly break the silence, that more often than not, condemns so many of our brothers and sisters to death. More and more LGBTQ people (especially LGBTQ youth) are beginning to fight back, use their voice, and proclaim their identities and loved ones with pride even in the most unwelcoming environments. It is especially important for us to stand in solidarity with our LGBTQ brothers and sisters abroad when groups like Focus on the Family continue to send “ex-gay” experts in the name of the United States to countries like Trinidad and Tobago while also sponsoring anti-gay groups who are seeking to execute gay and queer people in Uganda. Although there is obviously much work to be done, unfortunately for Focus on the Family, it seems that all their work still cannot set us “straight.”

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My plan is simple. I am developing a mentoring program for gay youth, a blog which will allow thousands of young people to discuss what they need and to know they are not alone and plan on being the number one volunteer at the Trevor Project manning the suicide lines or scrubbing toilets if that’s what’s required. Let’s build our community wherever we are whenever we can. No more waiting. Do something now.