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It's Pride weekend in Seattle.

I went to Pride once, the first year I was in Seattle. Mom and Milton were visiting and we all went. I think they liked it more than I did.

I had a lot of mixed emotions. Yeah, some pride, but mostly I wasn't sure what people were celebrating. What does a big parade and festival accomplish for the gay community? It's a time to be out and be proud, but I just feel like we need to move beyond that. We need to celebrate ourselves every day, but when we come together as a community, we need to focus on fighting the political agenda that is preventing us from being fully recognized citizens.

I need to get more involved in something. I don't feel like I have the moral authority to reject Pride unless I put my energies behind what I believe is truly important.

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