Target: Judy Appel, Executive Director of the Our Family Coalition
Goal: Show your appreciation of the new family-friendly style of parade to illustrate gay pride
At times, gay pride parades give the public the impression that it is one large wild party. In order to demonstrate the gay pride parade’s true intention of gaining acceptance for gays as a new type of family, Oakland put on a parade that catered to children. For its first gay pride parade, Oakland chose to include everything from bounce houses to wagon rides. Both children of gay and straight parents joined in the celebration. As the public’s attitude becomes one that is more accepting of gays, families are feeling more free to be themselves in the public eye.
Although brief—the parade spanned only several blocks as opposed to several miles—Oakland’s gay pride parade made its point that families come first. The children paved the way, leading the parade on tricycles. The parade’s time was also shortened, rather than lingering for hours in length. Even the amount of people was kept in check. Compared to nearby San Francisco’s gay pride parade, Oakland’s was quieter and allowed children to run around with space to play.
Despite the brevity and the small bunch of people in attendance, Oakland’s gay pride parade attracted the mayor of Oakland as well as other local leaders. Not to be outdone, drag queens decorated the streets decked out in clothes that demonstrated their pride in Oakland.
The gay pride parade was truly an achievement as one of the few of its kind in the East Bay. Even though many of the children may be considered too young to understand Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transexual, and Queer (LGBTQ) community issues, they could understand the spirit of the parade’s purpose. Sign the petition below to praise Oakland’s gay pride parade as a milestone for the LGBTQ community.
Dear Ms. Appel,
I am writing to express my appreciation and my congratulations of Oakland’s family-friendly gay pride parade that you took part in leading. It had a message that children are a focal point for gay rights. Keeping the gay pride parade on point and concise made it a success. Children will remember it and will hopefully grow as tolerant individuals who accept all types of families.
Please make sure that family-friendly gay pride parades continue to inspire new public perspectives that are based on love and acceptance.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Melinda via Wikimedia Commons