This is directed to all you who ask about "Why do the LGBT have a parade?! Why isn't there a straight, cis parade". Let me tell you right now: Because every fucking day of your life, is a celebration of normality. You will not face the vitriol of getting your ribs kicked in by homophobes. You will not run the risk of gunmen shooting you down in mass at a nightclub because you are straight. You might end up in the crossfire becouse you are soft target to a bunch of zealus cowards and nutjobs. But not over your sexuality, not over that very core part of who you are that you cannot and should not ever want to change. Pride is a march, it s a celebration and a manifestation. We won't go away. We won't cower to the slander, the hate, the violence and the lawmakers who target us. Pride is what we have, one of the few things we have that allows us to be human. To show, without having to feel we are freaks of nature, our true colors. I have lesbian friends who cannot show their affection at parties because a bunch of guys will always make a deal out of it and sexualize and objectify them openly. They will encroach on their private space and try and goad them to "give them a show". And I have gay friends who, if doing the same thing would get told not to "Don't do that shit here. take it to private. Don't flaunt your sexuality." We have to look at television and see characters that share our sexuality get killed in disproportionate amounts compared to their straight counterparts. And if we were to point this out, we get mobbed by people claiming we are just wanting something to complain about. Transpeople have to fight just to be able to use the bathroom, and are lumped in with rapists and "deviants" who might somehow magically use a trans-friendly bathroom policy to rape? And this is a commonly accepted excuse. Not to mention people will claim that Transexual people are mentally ill. That is still ticking, that is thrown around constantly to this day. When 50 people get shot by a raging homophobe lonewolf, they actively try to minimize the fact that there were gay people being shot. They tried to minimize the problem that this was fueled foremost by a individuals homophobia. Was he radicalized? I would assume so since he got a fucking "Assault rifle" and went to kill 50 people. But he was seething ball of homophobia, racism and mysogony according to people who knew him. And he isn't alone. Not by a long shot. Its something you can find all over the fucking spectrum of religious people and not so religious people. Pride is important. Because, in many ways, it is all we got. Both the parade, and the concept of having pride in who we are. You ask why we have a parade? We don't have a parade. We have a march. Stonewall only started, we are not free yet. We march for our right. We celebrate our identities, and we have one day where its OUR day. You. have 364 days that are yours. Sincerely, Hellis.