The time is drawing near for the annual Second Pride Festival to be upon us. This fun/entertaining and educational event showcases many talents within the entire LGBT community in SL. The event will be held June 14th through June 23rd. For more information please check the Second Pride Festival Website. There is a 24 hour DJ-athon beginning today at 10AM at SPURT.
But now to the point of my post. Remember we (the LGBT residents) are a community made up of many smaller groups and cliques. No one group can or should claim ownership of the community. We as a community need to pull together and step out of our insular sub-groups and advance the greater cause, to promote equality, acceptance and diversity.
Every year just before the pride festival there seems to be a great deal of drama and bickering from within the community, usually coming from small isolated insular groups. There is more to being a LGBT resident in SL than hanging out at clubs or shopping or dishing/backstabbing people who are not like you. Diversity is one of the key strong points of OUR community. We need to learn to embrace and appreciate ourselves just as much as we want the rest of the world to embrace and appreciate us.
From Wikipedia – The term community has two distinct commutative meanings: 1) Community can refer to a usually small, social unit of any size that shares common values. The term can also refer to the national community or international community, and 2) in biology, a community is a group of interacting living organisms sharing a populated environment.
So to all of you out there who are moaning and complaining about “Pride” or the organizers/officers not being part of your community, its time to step up and and join the rest of the greater community and join the board, run for office be a positive component of the move forward.
That is all.