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On Pride

I thought I'd take a few moments to write about what Pride means to me this month. I often here questions and comments like, "Why do they need a parade?" "Well, there isn't a straight pride month." I see people raise their eyebrows at the rainbows that become abundant during the month. That last one might be fair, as corporations increasingly pounce on the Pride-profit bandwagon, but that's not what I'm writing about today.

I grew up very closeted. I had a hard time making friends, and I was terrified of losing them. I was surrounded by comments and discussions about how there was just something fundamentally wrong with homosexuality and the myth that being bisexual meant you were into threesomes. Not to mention all of the preaching about "practicing homosexuals." I remember occasionally repeating the horrible things I heard in my attempts to fit in, and I'm thankful that my friends had the courage to reprimand me harshly. There were t…

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