I enjoyed the Pride festival this weekend, as always, but I feel like I encountered more homophobia this year than any other in recent memory.
Friday night, two of my gay friends got kicked out of a Gopher State Airport Taxi by the homophobic driver (who picked them up at Jetset, mind you). Saturday afternoon, I watched from Lurcat as police cuffed and arrested the born-agains sporting "FREE BIBLES" tee shirts for trespassing on park grounds. This morning, someone sent me the link to a video in which a gay man is harassed by a group of kids as he walks home from the festival. I don't care to watch it, but the comments indicate that they walk past three security officers (not from the Minneapolis Police Department) who do nothing.
I realize things could be a lot worse here, in the city that boasts the third largest Pride festival in the country, but it still shocks me that people are so ignorant and malicious.
Meanwhile, an Athiest who writes a sex column dares to disprove the wingnut argument that homosexuality goes against the word of God. I haven't heard one peep of negative feedback yet, which further proves my theory that vita.mn (and Girl Friday) readers are of above average intelligence.
Kate Nelson, Me, Erik Janzen (Photo by Dan Phan)
Unity Basketball's First Annual Pride 3-on-3 Tournament