Among the more anachronistic relics of the gay liberation period is the Pride Parade. No mystery why, in Manhattan and other blue-state oases, it's a dying institution:
"I live in New York, and it's sort of like every day is Gay Pride Parade," said Matt Davie, 37, an associate publisher at Simon & Schuster, standing in the main room of G Lounge in Chelsea on June 14. "It's not this special day that I can suddenly throw on my rainbow flag, or whatever. That's every day. I don't need this special day where I'm out of the closet."
This is a very good thing. There was a time when a black on a TV show was a big deal. Today we don't think anything of it -- that's the success of the civil rights movement in our daily lives. And when the gay rights movement can get to the point where being openly gay is no big deal, and nothing that requires a parade to celebrate, then we will take one more step toward being a truly free society
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