Over on Mike Rogers' post, "Tape of Shame or Pride," Projector BTC left this comment about whether or not rainbow flags and other pride symbols are still necessary. What do you think?
I can identify strongly with the author's point. Being on a college campus, I face plenty of well-intentioned but insistent pressure from the formal gay advocacy organizations to label (literally) myself in that way: with rainbows, other shirts, stickers; I have even been criticized for not showing sufficient PDA with my boyfriend.
I am comfortable with who I am and am not going to hide it. But I strongly, strongly resist the idea that my gay identity is or should be the most visible or defining part of me. I know a lot of gays that like (and strive for) it, but I am so sick of being approached and treated like a "sassy gay friend" because of some rainbow paraphernalia. I liken it in some ways to conventionally attractive, busty blonde women not being taken seriously. Most gay guys are not overly flamboyant and just dyyyyying to give you a wardrobe overhaul; yet, that is more often than not the first thing people see when I'm wearing a rainbow.
I am comfortable openly supporting gay causes that I care about, but in the same way that I support a political party or candidate for office, I am certainly NOT going to make that the first thing that someone knows about me.