I’ve only been once in my life, last weekend, but it seems to me that Boston’s Gay Pride Parade is no longer Gay Pride, but just Pride. There were certainly a lot of people in it who aren’t gay. It was really more a celebration of diversity.
What struck me as really cool was that city hall was flying a rainbow flag. Diversity is now government-sanctioned!
In principle yes, but from the article it sounds like pretty innocuous recognition anyway. It mentions that this will be similar to recognition of Black History month and Asian Pacific American Heritage month; on the base I work at those were recognized by a handful of posters and maybe a special meal at the mess hall.
Boston seems to be particularly awesome that way. I moved out here from a much more conservative area, and was gobsmacked one day while walking through Somerville to realize that the building with the bright purple doorway and big rainbow flag on the lintel was a church.
Back in the Mormon-and-Baptist red states, I used to know exactly which of my friends were gay within a few hours of meeting them, because it was kind of a THING and feeling like they could tell me that early on was a matter of trust, and therefore of great import. I learn people are gay sort of incidentally around here, because nobody cares. They feel it’s far more important to tell me what state they’re originally from – particularly, for some reason, if that state is New Jersey.
I think the very fact that the Pentagon itself can even consider doing this, much less arrange it and put out announcements, is an indication of a huge cultural change that is long, long overdue. It gives me just a wee little bit of hope for my species.