Changing the World with Pride
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.
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