MY PRIDE

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

© 2017

My pride is not a commodity

it has no corporate sponsors

no bank account 

no value on the stock exchange

no politician can appropriate it

no clergy can fire and brimstone it

no parent can put a curfew on it

no course can teach it 

It grew from years of being

ridiculed and beaten for who I was

whether I was trying to fit into

the straitjacket of being male

or female

or something only I could define

it survived Catholic school

the streets of my childhood

the condemnation 

of those who were in charge 

of what was considered sick 

and who was considered sane

it raged like a wildfire when 

so many in this country

let my friends die of a disease 

they considered a just punishment 

now it won't be joining the military

or working for the Fortune 500

it won't come into fashion

or go along with the status quo

no matter how many rainbow flags

it waves

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Comment by Safe Bet's Amy on June 24, 2017 at 11:20am

it won't come into fashion

or go along with the status quo

no matter how many rainbow flags

it waves

Of all the things I despise (and its a long list), pinkwashing is in the top 3.  Like you I fucking EARNED my pride and I'll be damned if I will willingly let people abuse it or use it to promote their agendas (which usually suck).

Comment by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on June 24, 2017 at 11:28am

yep, I'm with you...their agendas are usually about making money or getting elected or getting ahead and leaving the rest of us behind...

Comment by JMac1949 Today on June 24, 2017 at 11:40am

Most excellent.  R&L

Comment by greenheron on June 24, 2017 at 2:41pm

Big parade today in my town, without any corporate crappity, thankfully. The local bank had a float, but weren't trying to cash in.

They do this with breast cancer too, and it makes me crazy. Walking up and down the supermarket aisle in October with one remaining boob and there's pink ribbon floor cleaner and air freshener and shampoo containing carcinogenic stuff. Grrr.

Happy Pride though!

Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on June 24, 2017 at 2:56pm

terrific

Comment by marilyn sands on June 25, 2017 at 11:29pm

Right to the point & a truly heartfelt message to those who tend to make some lives less than.  

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