I can picture a nice, decent family man driving into the city one day, probably doesn't know there's a Gay Pride Parade going on that day, and then seeing the parade. He probably doesn't have an opinion on gay rights, probably never knew many gays in his life, and never gave it much thought. And upon seeing the way people act at their parades, he must think "My God! If my state supports gay marriage, all these people are going to be living right nextdoor to me! I have to keep my children safe from this!
Among the parade sights and sounds that did inestimable harm to the gay-rights cause: a group of obese women in leather biker outfits passing out clitoris-shaped lollipops to horrified onlookers; a man in military uniform leading a submissive masochist, clad in diapers and a baby bonnet, around on a dog leash; several Hispanic dancers in rainbow wigs and miniskirts performing "humping" motions on a mannequin dressed as the Pope; and a dozen gyrating drag queens in see-through dresses holding penis-shaped beer bottles that appeared to spurt ejaculation-like foam when shaken and poured onto passersby. Timothy Orosco, 51, a local Walgreens manager whose store is on the parade route, changed his attitude toward gays as a result of the event. Allison Weber, 43, an El Segundo marketing consultant, also had her perceptions and assumptions about gays challenged by the parade. The parade's influence extended beyond L. Footage of the event was featured on telecasts of The Club as "proof of the sin-steeped world of homosexuality. Henry Thorne, a New York University history professor who has written several books about the gay-rights movement, explained the misunderstanding. Confronting the worst prejudices of a world that didn't accept them, they fought back against these prejudices with exaggeration and parody, reclaiming their enemies' worst stereotypes about them and turning them into symbols of gay pride," Thorne said.