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1. This is not at all an attack on people who are sexually abnormal/queer. This debate is about Gay Pride itself.
2. Both debaters have the burden of proof for their argument.
3. Pro believes Gay Pride is good for the LGBT community, as well as society, and must prove why.
4. Con believes Gay Pride is bad for the LGBT community, as well as society, and must prove why.
Although they sometimes look like carnivals, Gay pride Parades are an opportunity to show that all citizens should have the same rights in our society. 25% of gay teenagers commit suicides, often because of tremendous homophobic climate. Gay Pride Parades are a way to fight against the return of ideas that affect the whole society.
Pride has been celebrated every year in June since 1970 after the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York, when police raided the Stonewall Inn.In Canada, Toronto’s Pride was launched in similar fashion after protests erupted when police raided four bathhouses in February 1981 and arrested hundreds of gay men.The motive has always been — and should remain — political. A reminder to all outside and within the LGBTQ community of our thorny relationship with police and the laws that aimed to dehumanize us.It’s a time to honor how far we’ve come — but also how much further we still need to go.It’s still perfectly legal in some states for employers to fire people on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. According to workplace advocates Out & Equal, only 22 states and the District of Columbia prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recently apologized to the thousands of LGBTQ men and women who were fired by government agencies, including the military, between the 1950s and 1992. They were investigated and interrogated, some even forced to undergo polygraph testing, then discharged because they were considered threats to national security. It was a “gay purge,” and it was still happening less than 30 years ago.Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his family in Toronto, June 25, 2017.Geoff Robins, AFP/Getty ImagesVisibility and equalityThese fights for acceptance and equality aren’t over.Living proudly and openly in societies where your well-being (emotional, physical, professional) is constantly at risk is nothing short of brave. The fact that we are seeing more people live openly and honestly despite these challenges is a miracle.Almost every day, we see threats made against members of the LGBTQ community. The scaling back of hard-earned rights and protections of LGBTQ people, particularly transgender people, is difficult to ignore.So when straight people ask why there is a need for gay pride or wonder why there aren’t straight pride celebrations, it feels a lot like they are saying contributions by LGBTQ people — a minority group that faces constant adversity — are simply not worthy of recognition. Further, they’re denying the importance and significance of identifying as LGBTQ and achieving things — surviving, even — when the odds are stacked against you.The resilience of the LGBTQ community alone is worthy of celebration. We are miracles.