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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

One More Pride Parade Anecdote

posted by on June 27 at 11:48 AM

Noon, June 24, Seattle Pride Parade: There were about four male protesters and two were waving large white signs quoting Paul’s letter to the Corinthians about homosexuals incapable of entering the Kingdom of Heaven.
They were shouting anti-gay statements at the parade and its revelers. The parade-goers would shout back occasionally. I was at this particular corner where the protesters were, recovered from a night of drinking at the Wild Rose, taking pictures with a disposable camera which I’d send back to my lesbian friends in my small, conservative home town. Watching the event, I couldn’t help but be wowed. Small-town girl goes to big city.
In a small town, people treated me like they’d rather sneer and say something smart like, “Don’t they have parades and marches for people like you?” Yes they do. It’s Seattle Pride, baby. It’s not like I was all teary-eyed, I was just thinking, Hey this is great.
I didn’t pay much attention to the protesters until I saw the coolest thing ever. It went down like this:
The evangelicals and some of the crowd started shouting an awful lot. Then the sign-bearers walked away from the corner.
This pint-sized young dyke strutted after them, “COME ON! YOU JUST GONNA WALK AWAY?”
One of the protesters turned and she slapped him in the face. He knelt down to pray and she returned to her crew and a standing ovation with her arms outstretched. The evangelicals gathered around their bowed brother, holding up Bibles and showing support.
I was for the smack in the face. But I was also hurt for the man. Though I can’t get behind it, he was expressing what he thought was right.
I was raised by Christian Evangelical parents. I went to church. I was exposed to that scene. I also remember how I was then: a smoldering young’un with some definite scruples with scripture and a smart-mouth to match.
The evangelical had every right to speak his mind.
And in the young dyke I saw a ballsier version of myself, the attitude of, “You’re damn right ‘girl’ is a four-letter word!
I would have bought her a drink if she was old enough.

Nole Knapek

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what?!? okay, fine, i took the bait: slapping is not okay.

Posted by infrequent | June 27, 2007 12:02 PM

Nope, it's not. and worse, it's what the Christian dude wanted. You're following his agenda, not your own.

Posted by Fnarf | June 27, 2007 12:22 PM

I'd feel bad for the guy if I had a soul. I do not. Go her.

Posted by Mr. Poe | June 27, 2007 12:23 PM

Young and stupid she is. That is exactly what they want her to do. They want to be made into victims. They want to instigate confrontation. And they won.
During 2004 Gay Decadence in New Orleans I saw a husky anti-gay protester with a megaphone make his way into the very middle of the massive gay crowd chanting anti-gay rhetoric. He was pushed violently and drinks were thrown at him – some from as high as the balconies. He continued to stay in the middle and take the punishment with a sad look of face until the police escorted him out but somehow I could tell deep down inside he wanted to illicit this abuse on himself.
Shame on the young dyke! The biggest punishment for someone nobody on a “soapbox” is for everyone to simply ignore them.

Posted by Touring | June 27, 2007 12:25 PM

FUCK!! That was the DUMBEST thing she could have done!!! That is what the extremist Christians want us to do!!! They will use that claiming that they were assulted by a lesbian!! Not only that, the guy who was slapped could have pressed charges.

As much as what they were yelling at the parade is wrong and sick they have a right to say it. (sorry but those are the breaks) And yeah, I will fight to the death my right to march in my Gay Pride Parade and I will fight to the death to protect the rights of the protesters to say what they want. It is called the US Constitution babe.

Posted by Just Me | June 27, 2007 12:35 PM

If she had really wanted to fuck with him, she should have hugged him.

Posted by Minto | June 27, 2007 12:48 PM

It's tragic that she slapped him when there are so many guns available.

Posted by babydykecakes | June 27, 2007 12:52 PM

On a different note, I wish i had the balls to take part in something so inspiring.

Sigh. Not sure what the point of this comment is. I guess I'm just jealous reading Noel's account.

Posted by closet | June 27, 2007 1:41 PM

A fun visceral release, I'm sure, but a bad, bad idea. Ghandi and King won by being better than their oppressors. I'm sure it would have been fun to slap Bull Connor, but they knew it would have gotten them nowhere. What if next time everyone brought the evangelists muffins and juiceboxes?

Posted by pox | June 27, 2007 2:24 PM

If the opposite had occurred (the protester slapped the lesbian) the crowd would have called for his hanging. Hypocrisy is a funny thing.

Posted by jp | June 27, 2007 2:50 PM

Sometimes it's not about the political statement, it's about doing what you can be proud of yourself for.

I walked away from a situation like that once (not a religious guy, just a regular asshole), and I still feel bad that I didn't do or say a damn thing.

Fact is, the evangelicals are wrong. No, we shouldn't make our point by punching them out, but at least we feel so strongly that it is so difficult to walk away.

Posted by Rebecca | June 27, 2007 3:05 PM

Minto had it right at #6

Posted by nice | June 27, 2007 3:30 PM

A little street justice every once in a while isn't necessarily a bad thing.

Posted by Tiffany | June 27, 2007 3:36 PM

violence is never the answer.

use jesus agin' 'em & love your enemy. and make sure they know who's example you're following.

absent the diety thing, jesus was way cool. read the thomas jefferson bible or the gospel of thomas for more info.

the more you know...

Posted by maxsolomon | June 27, 2007 5:03 PM

I infinitely prefer to stand in front of them sucking face with the prettiest dyke I can find. A couple years ago it was a smokin' hot firefighter from SFD - she poured her water bottle down my cleavage (it was like 85 degrees), and we smooched right in front of the protesters. That makes their heads explode much better than whacking them. I generally am not in favor of making out with girls in front of straight guys - stupid straight porn has ruined that for everyone - but I'll make an exception in that case.

Posted by Geni | June 27, 2007 5:11 PM

Sooo, did he, like, turn the other cheek, like Jeebuz commands?

Doesn't sound like it.

And anybody want to take bets that in 10 years the "victim" will be a bottom who's heavily into getting slapped on the cheek by his Dom?

Posted by COMTE | June 27, 2007 7:16 PM

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