All along the injured coast

(That title has pretty much nothing to do with this post, by the way. I just finally picked up my own copy of Rhythm of the Saints and I’ve always liked that line.)

This year’s Boston Pride theme upsets me. For those of you who aren’t in Boston or haven’t seen one of the posters on the T, here it is:

Ask. Tell.
Proud to Serve Our Community, Our Country, Our World.

The LGBT community is an integral part of society at every level of organization: community, country, and the world. We are your doctors, lawyers, teachers, leaders, engineers, custodians, bankers, and bakers. We are proud of our service and we are happy to share our lives with you. Just ask, and we’ll tell! Please consider this theme when building your float and organizing your parade contingent — an award will be given to the group that adapts this theme best in the parade!

Yeesh.

Okay, so I can totally get on board with the sentiment. Really, I can. It’s important for people to know and understand that we aren’t just having parades and keeping the manufacturers of assless chaps in business. But should our pride festival really appropriate militaristic language and metaphors? And should we really be so glib about as insane a policy as DADT? (Funny, all the posters just say “Ask. Tell.” So interesting they didn’t include “Harass. Pursue.”)

Mark over at QueerToday really hit the nail on the head:

Ask. Tell. (Who is asking? What are they asking? Who is telling? Why the military imagery and words?) Proud to Serve Our Community, Our Country, Our World. (Are all of us proud to serve our country right now? Can we all proclaim our pride to “serve?” Who are we serving?) The LGBT community is an integral part of society at every level of organization: community, country, and the world. We are your doctors, lawyers, teachers, leaders, engineers, custodians, bankers, and bakers. We are proud of our service and we are happy to share our lives with you. (Not all of us are happy or able to share our lives with “you.” Who is “you?” Is Pride for us, or a show and tell for the dominant culture?) Just ask, and we’ll tell! (I think my trans friends are rather sick of being asked about their body parts for one thing. Note to straight folks, contrary to what the committee says, we might not want to “just tell.”)

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