Ed Team

If You Think the Pride Parade Is Boring

Filed By Ed Team | June 14, 2011 7:00 AM | comments

Filed in: You Gotta See This
Tags: anti-gay violence, Belgrade, Neo-Nazi, pride parade

Last year Belgrade's pride parade ended in violence with over 200 people injured after neo-Nazis organized anti-gay riots. The next time you feel like complaining that Pride festivals are boring, remember these people who are still willing to shed blood for the right to gather in public.

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Gaytorguy | June 15, 2011 3:27 PM

There is always some place worse off than here in some way or another. The problem comes from the privileged, and I do mean us, being egocentric. Yes, we are fighting for equality. However, hardly anywhere can we NOT march in a Pride parade.
I wonder how many Belgrade citizens have domestic partner benefits? There are many companies here. How many LGBT people can be murdered and not even given an investigation for the crime in African nation? We are better here, not perfect, but better. No one pulls a brick wall down on us in the desert for being gay or lesbian like in Iran. PLWAs are not shot here as in Myanmar (Burma).
The world is global and many still think locally. Like complaining about the quality of the food you get at a home because it isn't exactly how you like it. While across the 3rd world people are digging in garbage dumps en-masse to find food to eat. There are those here as well. But a greater population elsewhere.
We all need to think about what a similar situation is like elsewhere before complaining about it here. In my town, the parade is short and sweet, but it is a parade. The events are sometimes small, but they are here without riots. For that I am happy and I bow and pray for those less fortunate.