Hear me now, or hear me later… I see nothing but disaster for this effort. You and I both know which gay activists are going to show up to crash the gates. They won’t be ones America will be comfortable seeing on their nightly news. I wonder who will clean up the mess of used condoms being thrown with plastic Easter eggs? (Editor’s note: The example of used condoms was a reference to the tactics of groups like ACT-UP during their demonstrations in the 1980s)
I still have great reservations that this will have any benefit, but I think I’ve changed my mind about the intent. I have been in correspondence with the Family Pride Coalition in the past couple of days. I noticed in their original push to get gays and lesbians to line up for tickets they made the following statement: “Family Pride will be hosting a pre-Easter Egg Roll gathering on Monday morning where we will give out T-shirts to everyone participating. The T-shirts will have a non-political message about our families but will clearly identify us as LGBT parents and families.”
I thought, “yeah right.” I’ve seen enough rainbow flags at ANSWER (Communist) anti-American rallies disguised as anti-war rallies to be very skeptical. So I sent the following email:
Hello. I would like to inform my readers what precisely your T-Shirts will say. The ambiguous “non political statement” isn’t good enough. I think people who stand in line deserve to know if they will be wearing a shirt bashing the President, the US Military and/or this nation. If history of gay groups’ protests are any guide, you can understand my concern. Thanks for your prompt reply.
Someone at FamilyPride replied:
We are not handing out t-shirts for this event anymore. We decided that it would look like too much of a protest and that is not what this is about. We’ve decided to hand out rainbow-colored leis to our families as a unifying symbol instead.
So I’m willing to celebrate this idea with my original reservations still bothering me. But this does seem like a constructive way to reach out to Americans. Imagine a gay and lesbian couple connecting with a big-wig GOP contributor on the White House lawn. I’ve been at enough Republican events to know that most conservatives don’t give a crap about gay people. Perhaps I was wrong in sounding the alarm. But I am going to pay attention to what happens this Monday.
If you are in the DC area and would like more information on this event, please visit the Family Pride Coalition’s website.
**UPDATE: Boozhy actually agrees with my initial position on the Egg Roll. He is now an “uber conservative” gay. LOL**