This year, I am going on my first march, and I will behave as I feel. Not proud to be gay, but proud of myself and proud of the gay rights movement for making my lifestyle acceptable to my peers, family and colleagues - proud to be an active part of the whole community.
It is not compulsory to blow whistles and scream at unsuspecting bystanders, though some will find it fun to do so. They like to shock, but what about the bulk of us who, like Mark Simpson, are simply happy to be alive?
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