Thursday, April 26, 2007
The Gaypril Queerfest
At lunchtime today I went to the annual UMass Gaypril Queerfest. I just sort of walked through taking pictures, but my impression was that it was gay in a cheerful way and queerly odd. In other words, it was just what it should have been.
The university radio station was broadcasting live from the Queerfest.
I don't like the concept of "identity rallies" whatever identity they're celebrating, whether it be ethnic, racial or sexual. I think they encourage more separatness than unity and help to reinforce stereotypes. But on the other hand, it's hard to disapprove too grumpily when people are having a good time, and that defintitely seemed to be the case at the UMass Queerfest. I laughed when I saw this colorful mixture of the gay pride rainbow and the American flag. It wasn't clear who put on this display of patriotism, but perhaps it was the conservative gay rights group, The Log Cabin Republicans.
In any case, the event seemed to draw a pretty good crowd, with too many people in attendance to have just attracted gays.
If they really want to attract a big crowd, what the organizers of next year's Gaypril Queerfest should do is give away a lot of free food. For a free burger even the most homophobic frat boy will conquor his fears.