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Boycott SF Gay Pride
It's Time to Stand Up By Not Showing Up
Boycott SF Gay Pride
Every year the same thing: party, party, party. Have fun, indulge, get drunk, meet people, have sex, listen to music, watch the parade. The same old thing over and over again just like the superbowl and all of the other American “Mega” events sponsored by corporate America.
How about some change? How about actually having some kind of principles instead of just a life of pleasure? How about boycotting San Francisco’s Gay Pride?
Some people can and will. But others like those who cling to their accounts in the corrupt Bank of America and Wells, Fargo, who are more concerned about being “accepted” by a corrupt society, who can’t see beyond their own career building or just want a life of party and fun…well, they are probably gonna be there.
The whole Bradley Manning thing should raise serious concerns about the nature of San Francisco Gay Pride and the people who are running it. It obviously wants to be part of the corporatocracy with its CEO of Pride and the “President” of the Board of Gay Pride. Yes, they are very corporate. And while they seem to want to live behind white picket fences in marriages sanctioned by a corrupt state with ever advancing corporate careers, they might do well to look further into the military they have defended and into what Bradley Manning disclosed.
Have they ever read Randy Shilt’s “Conduct Unbecoming” and heard the never ending stories of the brutality gays suffered at the hands of military investigators? Have they read of the recent allegations of horrible sexual abuse of females in the military? Have they read of some of the atrocities carried out by American troops? Well, probably not because Bradley Manning exposed a horrible example of murder by American troops who basically seemed to laugh at the people whose lives they were destroying. It wasn’t the kind of fun that people will be looking for at Gay Pride. But it really happened and people were massacred and for exposing it Bradley Manning is being crucified by the US military.
It is doubtful that Harvey Milk would have sided with the Gay Pride Board and I even think he would have proposed a boycott. Harvey Milk enjoyed a good time but he also had principles and he stood up for them. Isn’t it time to stand up with Harvey Milk?