I have never felt any differently about my LGBT friends than about the rest of my friends. My friends are my friends.
But honestly, for a long time I had a problem with gay pride celebrations.
This was a philosophical and logical thing, not personal.
Aristotle claimed that people are rightly praised or blamed only for acts of choice/volition. Since the cultural argument has been that people are not to be punished for being gay on the theory that they were born gay and did not choose it, it makes no logical sense to be “proud” of it, because one did not choose it.
What I have only in the past few years come around to understanding is that the celebration is not so much about pride in being gay, but pride in being publicly open about that fact, and unapologetic for it. That is a choice, and people have every reason to be proud of it.
Which is a long way of saying happy Pride everyone. - Terry Provost #Salute could not have said it better
#Terry Provost Poet Patent holder and long time friend