I remember the first time I was introduced to the Gay Pride Parade. The year was 1991, only a few days after I arrived in San Francisco from the Soviet Union. My uncle took us to Castro street where a jubilant crowd was celebrating. It was a carnival the likes of which I never experienced. An explosion of color, sound, insane costumes, and general merriment was as strange as it was entertaining.
Back then, Gay Pride Parades were a rarity. San Francisco had one of the biggest ones in the world, and people from all over came to watch and participate. The spectacle was unruly but not offensive. The costumes were edgy but not objectionable. Families with kids of all ages found it entertaining.
The large gay community is one of the things that defines San Francisco culture. The city respects and appreciates its gay population and the character it brings to the city. Without Yelp, and it’s “LGBTQ friendly” restaurant identifications that became popular in the last year, everybody was always friendly to gay people. Live and let live philosophy was something that San Francisco has always taken pride in.
Fast forward 10 years to the early 2,000th, and the gay agenda started to permeate the American culture with alarming intensity. Being gay was not a “lifestyle” anymore. It was something to be proud of – something to shove into the face of everyone that passed by. Live and let live turned into look how I live.
Every American city acquired its own Gay Pride Parade, and there was little reason to travel to San Francisco to experience one. In response, the San Francisco affair grew larger and more offensive with every passing year. The colorful edgy costumes deteriorated into wearing nothing but bare skin. Naked people behaving in objectionable and often sexual ways occupy large areas of the city, forcing families with kids into their homes for several days.
Fast forward 10 years more, and the gay culture mutated into a slew of alternative lifestyles and gender deviations. Suddenly, society discovered “queer,” “pansexual,” and “trans” people. 64 genders and growing every day are making the heterosexual population feel weirdly out of place. The gay community mutated into LGBT, then into LGBTQ, then LGBTQ plus, and now if you just mention the “the plus” and fail to spell every letter that “the plus” represents, then you can’t get a job on CNN.
Acceptance of sexual deviations turned into accommodation; accommodation turned into normalization; normalization turned into “pride.” And “pride” made many people realize that changing their pronouns is the quickest way to revive your failing career or make sure you will never get fired. So here comes the “I changed my pronoun to make people notice me” crowd.
The “alphabet” community completely took over the American culture, and the children are the biggest victims. I first encountered this as my older son was a first-grader in a Jewish Day School. One day, our teacher announced that the class will be having “a family week” – which was not what you think. “The family week” was the week of presentations to introduce children to “different types of families.” Mistakenly thinking that paying money for a private religious school would shield my child from developmentally inappropriate topics, I contacted the teacher.
“We introduce ‘inclusion’ early to prevent bullying” – said the teacher. “We have ‘alternative’ families in our class, and we must address this.”
“I know the ‘alternative’ families” – I said. “But the first graders don’t. Kids do not understand ‘alternative lifestyles.’ They don’t look at their friends through that prism. You increase the chance of bullying if you introduce children to the subjects that they are not ready for.”
My pleas fell on deaf ears. I was given an option to take my child out of school for a week or let him sit through a barrage of talks of which he understood nothing – as did most of the kids.
The “alphabet” agenda is getting tiresome and intrusive. There is no escape from it – on a TV screen, in a department store, or a cereal aisle. People are getting sick and tired. They are turning away from it. Enough is enough. Americans want to be left alone.
Especially the gay community. Most of them want to go back to live and let live. They want to go back to the time when being gay was a legitimate lifestyle – unlike the other 64 gender deviations made up by gender studies majors in Ivy League schools.
They don’t want to be mixed up with “the alphabet mob” that is corrupting our children and giving the American population a daily bout of indigestion every time they pass by a store during “The Pride month.”