Toronto Diary
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Fewer than 10 people show up to Ex-Gay Pride

When the Ex-Gay Pride rally was first announced, I figured that it would be a huge flop since they were working on the somewhat flawed premise that a group of people who weren't proud enough to be gay would be proud enough to go public about it.

So of course, when the day finally came, organizers predicted that thousands of people would show up. According to Right Wing Watch, fewer than 10 people actually showed up.

Well, despite the expectation that “thousands of ex-gays” would partake in Ex-Gay Pride Month, fewer than ten people showed up for the big event.

Besides Doyle, ex-gay activists Greg Quinlan of Parents and Friends of Gays and Ex-Gays (PFOX), Richard Cohen of the International Healing Foundation and Douglas McIntyre of Homosexuals Anonymous also participated.

Look, regardless of what someone's orientation is, they should feel free to practise whatever sex they feel comfortable with. Do with your genitals whatever you want to (or whatever you don't want to do, either way) as long as you're not harming yourself or others.

But there just isn't such a thing as ex-gay pride. Gay pride started when gay men fought back against abusive police and started a revolution so that they wouldn't have to bear the brunt of societal sex shame. Ex-gay pride started because, well, you saw gay pride and thought, "Us too!" You have the components of Pride, but without the actual pride part, it's really just a political rally. Or a social gathering. Six of one, half a dozen of the other.