Reflections on the Capitol Pride Parade

Doug Erickson has a piece on about the religious presence in last Sunday’s Pride Parade. He pointed out:

I counted at least 13 Madison-area churches or religious denominations with contingents of worshippers in the parade, out of 43 total parade entries. Given that some entries were a single person, such as Miss Gay Madison, it’s entirely probable a majority of parade participants were church-affiliated people.

I find that interesting and wonder what it means. Is the presence of so many religious communities in the parade a sign of our full inclusion of LGBT persons or more about competition among congregations for members and our desire to distinguish ourselves from more conservative groups?

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