A number of readers, in e-mails and in comments to my various posts on the Folsom Street Fair, have questioned my call for for gay leaders to demand that that organization prevent children from attending its celebration, basically saying that these leaders aren’t responsible for every problem in our community.
That’s a fair and honest argument. I mean, as a gay conservative blogger, I can’t address every outrage the gay left commits. Or indeed address every slight (even every major slight) we gay political iconoclasts suffer.
But, the Folsom Street Fair is no ordinary happening. Itss a major gay festival, the leading leather street fair in the country, serving a large segment of the gay community. And this festival allows children to attend its annual celebration which features public displays of sexuality.
My short response thus on why gay leaders should speak out–it’s taking place at a major event in our community and it’s wrong.
Not only that. In standing up for what’s right, gay leaders make clear where we stand on exposing children to sexuality, helping correct misunderstandings that some social conservatives seek to foster. By speaking out, they help set the record straight, so to speak, rather than allow those extremists to define our community by its extremes.