Bogotá's annual Gay Pride Parade had its usual color and flamboyance. It also came at a time of advance for gay rights. Two weeks ago, the notaries introduced new same-sex unions, which provide such couples with most rights of marriage, altho they don't use the word 'matrimony'.
As always, I wonder whether in-your-face spectacles like today's do the gay community any favors in the view of the conventional majority. After all, if sexual minorities want to be seen as neighbors, relatives and co-workers who just happen to have a different sexual orientation, this sort of spectacle doesn't help.
Paraders satirized the Catholic Church and hard-line conservative Ordoñez, who opposed expanded rights for gays.
|Catholic Church: Drop the homophobia and hypocrisy!|
|Free people, secular countries.|
|I'm hetrosexual and in support.|
|A man representing conservative procurador Ordoñez leads the enslaved by the neck.|
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours