Sunday, 3 August 2014

Dear Evangelical Christians at Pride

Dear evangelical Christians who attended the Liverpool Pride march in counter-protest yesterday,

Thank you for turning up to protest, as you do every year. Sincerely, I'm not being sarcastic. Most of the people who attend at the march are there because they grew up with people like you around them telling them they shouldn't be proud of who they are. People like you are the reason why they go on marches like this.

But now, with people like you being increasingly the marginalised ones, it's hard to see the enemy you're protesting against at most modern pride events in this country. Very easily, without people like you, people could start asking "Well, why am I here?"

You give everyone on the march a visible enemy to protest against. Knowing you're going to be there fuels people, including me, to march. You turn yourself into the embodiment of why everyone is there. The embodiment of the values many of us were raised with and are marching to show our rejection of. Joining in with the jeering and the laughing, and watching the guys in bondage gear and horse masks heckling you is one of the highlights of the march. You reminded me why I turned up.

Sincerely, thank you for being there.

I hope to see you next year.