On your marks. Get set. Gay!
The World Outgames 2009, a celebration of gay sport and cultural diversity, has kicked off in Copenhagen. The Games’ website says the 9-day event celebrates “the talents and contributions of homosexual, bi-sexual and transgender men and women from every corner of the globe”. And, in true flamboyant style, its 5500 participants were introduced on a ‘catwalk’ .
But some are wondering whether the event’s days may be numbered — and indeed whether even gay pride marches are still needed. And instead of a gay sporting event or a march, would it be more educational to have a gay history month, as this blogger suggests.
In this day and age, with all the advances that have been made with gay rights, is there still a need for a gay sporting event? Do such events help raise awareness of gay issues – or do they reinforce gay stereotypes and unhelpfully set homosexual people apart from the rest of the population? And who should be footing the bill for such events?
That last point about funding was one raised here, when Ron Liddle asked: “Why should local people fund a (gay pride) march by homosexuals telling everybody that they’re glad they are homosexuals?”
Perhaps the fact that three gay men were attacked in Copenhagen during the Games is proof that more needs to be done to protest the rights and safety of gay people. But are separate events the way forward?