Yesterday was Brighton’s Pride Parade, and I was taken by a report in which there appears to have been a huge amount of litter and rubbish left behind, including thousands of laughing gas canisters and balloons.
Granted, any large gathering of people, regardless of the issue, will generate slovenly behaviour, but really…people need to understand that respect is a two way street.
If you march for the demand to be respected, then it’s incumbent upon you to offer the same amount of respect to the environment. And this is naturist relevant because there is a large naturist community within the LGBT community, and naturists should be holding themselves to a higher standard of respect than others. WE demand respect as naturists, and do a bit to ensure that WE clean up the beach after ourselves. You know, ‘leave only footprints, take only memories’.
The same SHOULD apply to the LGBT community. You want respect? Start providing it. As a community, you shame yourselves in this regard! And if anyone thinks I’m having a go at a community, I am! Particularly when you keep demanding respect. As I’ve said, it’s a two way street. 😦
Naturists aren’t blameless, of course, plenty are equally slovenly. But really, Brighton Pride folk! If you’re preaching ‘respect’, start displaying it! The Pride Parade in my home town is always great. The war zone of litter left behind shames you all, though! (Yes, I’m angry…I live here!)