The big headline for this year’s 30th Annual Tarrant County Gay Pride Week is that the “Ride the Rainbow” pride parade (10am Sat Oct 1) has moved from its traditional spot on South Jennings Street to the heart of downtown – the route runs south down Main Street and begins at the East Weatherford Street intersection. Mayor Betsy Price will serve as a grand marshal for the parade.
Now, there’s still a lot of ground to cover for lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender folks to achieve full equality. But let’s talk about progress so far: Tarrant County Pride old timers would likely tell you that having the parade downtown with the mayor as a grand marshal was unthinkable when the city’s pride festivities began thirty years ago. (Hell, it would’ve been a stretch just ten years ago). Parades are so important to so many LGBT people because visibility – emerging from the social, cultural and political shadows – continues to be a major goal in the fight for gay civil rights. And you don’t get much more visible than Main Street.
So I could say, “You’ve come a long way, gayby,” but that would be lame. Let’s settle for: Happy Pride Week, ya’ll!