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post #21 of 26
Any crowd is going to have some stupid, but we go to community events anyway. I've never had a problem that couldn't be solved by changing locations.
post #22 of 26
We took our 2 year old this year and last year. She loved it. Our local Pride has a family zone. She also loved dancing to the music. She didn't really notice the nudity/sexuality. But even when she gets to the age when she does we'll still bring her; we'll just have a conversation about it.
post #23 of 26

LO marched in her second Pride Parade this past Saturday. Both DH and I are bisexual (I can't stand when people assume we're straight!!) so it's important to us for her to be involved in queer activism from an early age.

The churches and other family friendly organizations are usually toward the front at NC Pride. We worked as a family with the creation/ assembly of our (non-Christian) church's float, and she "marched" (in her stroller) in the Pride Parade with us.

I was honestly more concerned about LO hearing the hate-mongers (holding signs a la Westboro Baptist) with their megaphones protesting Pride, screaming all kinds of ugliness, than her possibly seeing anything overtly sexual. Praise whatever Powers May Be, because she fell asleep before we reached the Hate Squad With Megaphones on the parade route.

Because we were actually in the parade, I didn't have to worry so much about corrupting her with the overtly sexual stuff. There seems to be less and less of the overtly sexual stuff every year, and more and more "normal" people-- families, couples holding hands, local businesses, churches, etc. We immediately headed to the food trucks after we marched, so as to avoid all the stuff I didn't want her to see.

We even got LO's pic with a drag queen at a Christian church's table. "MOMMY! She's PREEEEETTY! I like her feathers!" LO then proceeds to run toward this beautiful drag queen in a rainbow feather ensemble, and says, "Can you pick me up?" Which she did, and posed for a couple pics.

LO is just shy of 3. She had a blast at Pride.

post #24 of 26
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Originally Posted by Sukhada View Post

We took our 2 year old this year and last year. She loved it. Our local Pride has a family zone. She also loved dancing to the music. She didn't really notice the nudity/sexuality. But even when she gets to the age when she does we'll still bring her; we'll just have a conversation about it.

 Love it. I agree, 100% :D

post #25 of 26
I'm converted. I am now fully on board with being a parade participant, but would certainly be mindful of where my family might be unwelcome (super racy public displays) and where it is appropriate to be presen. Thanks for the perspective and info, friends! Looking forward to trying for next year. smile.gif
post #26 of 26

I know that pride is way past for the year, but I just saw this post (and board) and wanted to say that at least as far as Parade night (the only night I went of the three), I would definitely take my daughter next year. I didn't take her this year because it was my first pride and I didn't know what to expect. Some of my friends brought their (older) kids to march, and the first night was pretty family friendly in my eyes. :)

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