LGBT Activists Outraged Over Dallas Pride's Newly Enforced Ban On Underwear, Nudity, "Lewd Behavior"
Dallas Pride took a page from the "new San Francisco" handbook by announcing that underwear, nudity and "lewd behavior" will no longer be tolerated at the event. Though many in the community support the decision to strictly enforce the rules this year, the new dress code hasn't exactly counted local activists as fans.
“The ‘queer’ is effectively being erased from our Pride celebration in favor of the most polished, heteronormative representation of our community as possible,” writes Daniel Cates, a former member of GetEQUAL Texas. “It should be noted that the rioters at the Stonewall Inn fought to break OUT of the damn closet! Our movement was built of sex positivity and our desire to BE WHO WE ARE! I urge you ALL to openly DEFY the Tavern Guild!”
Part of this year's changes include the banning of go-go boys wearing underwear on popular floats, prompting Dallas Pride organizers to ask that performers wear swimsuits in place of their Andrew Christians. A detective for the Dallas Independent School District has said that participants and performers who break the newly-enforced rules will be stopped at the parade entry point and face possible misdemeanor charges.
What do you think of Dallas Pride's new decision to enforce rules banning these activities?
(Image and source: Dallas Voice)