A Gay Time Was Had By All: Wildcat Pride!
Gay and gay-friendly Wildcats contributed to a record turnout at Charlotte’s annual gay pride street festival yesterday, marching with a Davidson banner in the Bank of America Pride Parade.
It was the first gay pride parade held since 1994. I rode my old Comet ragtop in that long-ago parade, with my church’s flag out one side, a rainbow flag out the other, and half the choir in the back seat. I’ve pledged the Comet for Wildcat use next year. There was even talk of a higher-ed group effort by area colleges and universities, with floats and all!
I’m not the world’s most consistent activist, for gaiety or anything else. I am moody, and sometimes I am just lazy. But I do know that it is important for everyone to stand up now and then for who and what they are, to show everybody else that that’s okay. I’m even more sure of that after talking to the young alumni and current students who joined several faculty and staff members yesterday, out there loud and proud in the middle of life’s rich pageant. There were the obligatory rainbow drag queens that tend to make the front-page newspaper pictures, and there were far greater numbers of regular folks, and there was pretty much everything in between, all parading gaily forward to consistent cheers and, yes, a smattering here and there of non-love-based preachifying. (Retort du jour: [brightly] “Is there glitter in Hell?”)
It was a great day to be a Wildcat. Now back on campus the first day of school, it is yet another one. To all Wildcats: Happy year of discovering new ways of being clear and free with exactly who and what you are!