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Pride ParadesHow a Parade Changed the World$
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Katherine McFarland Bruce

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781479803613

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479803613.001.0001

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Changing the World with Pride

(p.1) Introduction
Pride Parades

Katherine McFarland Bruce

NYU Press

Opening with a brief examination of a contemporary Pride parade – along with its associated assets and challenges, such as religious protesters disrupting the celebration of queer identities – this chapter introduces the idea of Pride as an (unconventional) image of protest. The author argues that despite its festive and celebratory aspects, Pride is an effective tactic to illicit social change by targeting cultural ideas and norms rather than the state, which is typically the target of traditional political protest. Defining terms such as heteronormativity and Pride, the author begins to trace the history of Pride parades from their conception in the early 1970s to the contemporary celebrations occurring across the globe.

Keywords:   LGBTQ identities, protest, cultural norms, heteronormativity, history of Pride, contemporary Pride parades

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