Where do I start? How about here: it is a very pretty video. The people in it were great. Sweet stories, real people. Lots of familiar faces- people who I know and admire from the LGBTQI community here in Dublin. It’s wonderfully human and engaging.
It’s just what’s missing that bothers me.
While the people and couples in it are lovely, the first thing I noticed was that it was all gay, gay, gay. No trans or bi representation, definitely no mention of the existence of any other diversity in the LGBTQI community. No POC, no people with disabilities, no people with non-Irish accents. No people with working-class or regional accents. In a video about Pride in our capital city- a place where so many people move to to find acceptance and community. And the only mention of an older person? Was someone talking about how he once saw an old lady waving a Pride flag from the sidelines, with the assumption that she must have been straight.
That’s not our community. I think.. there’s such a wonderful opportunity here to showcase that LGBTQI people are everyone. That we’re not just young urban white gays! To actually show more of a cross-section of Ireland and make it obvious that we’re so much more than that. There are far more interesting stories to be told. There are faces that should be shown and voices that should be heard. Those faces and those voices- from the working-class queers, queers with disabilities, queer POC and immigrants, from the bisexuals and asexuals and intersex people and trans people, from the kids of same-sex couples- are the stories you don’t get to hear. I want to hear those stories. I want those faces to be as visible, because I want those people to feel the same kind of belonging that we give to young, urban, middle-class, abled white gay people.
I like the video. It’s well-done. But in terms of representing what Pride is supposed to be about? It’s disappointing.
- Op-ed: Why Aren’t More Gay Artists Performing at Pride? (advocate.com)
- Mitch Kellaway: Coping With the Consumer Side of Pride (greaterdenver.co)
- The Taboo of Trans Advocacy, or “We don’t talk about trannies in public.” (transnerdfeminist.wordpress.com)
- Pride Month…is it for bisexuals? (biwifelifeblog.wordpress.com)
- Op-ed: Human Sexuality Is More Than Gay And Straight (advocate.com)
- The Absolute Highjacking of Dublin Pride 30th Anniversary (queerid.com)