The Auckland gay pride parade is coming up soon, after eleven years absence, obviously to help market Louisa Wall’s Redefinition of Marriage Bill. The run of parades ended in 2001 amid bitter acrimony and insolvency. This public event will cost taxpayers a lot of money in terms of security, clean-up, policing, etc., and members of our armed forces will march in uniform in this parade as well as police staff (not in uniform). Our prime minister and the Leader of the Opposition will be there (in pink shirts, perhaps open to the naval like last time – “oh, the humanity!“) and there will be dribbling wall-to-wall sycophancy from TVNZ and TV3. That being so, I thought I would publish a series each day to critique the claim this is something for all of us to take tremendous pride in and that the marchers are heroes. It is not an attempt to denigrate anyone, and I certainly do not hate anyone simply because they are gay (actually I really love my many gay friends). The gay parade organisers usually claim the turnouts as tacit support for their cause, which of course it isn’t. Crowds were also attracted to hangings, drawings and quarterings.
You can decide for yourself from the picture series over the next few days, if this is something that swells you with pride. These images are all taken from public events and project the imagery the gay community itself wants us to support. Comments welcomed. Be nice. (I will repeat this rider with each pic, because of the hot emotions associated with this public policy debate).