Lewd Alfred Douglas; New York City
For my generation, I think Pride is a really important reminder that the struggle goes on. In my generation, and in this city, among other places around the world, there's a sense of complacency and being very jaded. And I think that that is very damaging. I think that you always need to have a sense that there are people who struggle where you are, and people just like you where you are, and in other places around the world; and the fact that you have a Pride parade and have a sense of pride and have a community is really, really important, and that this is not utopia.
We need to keep struggling for it to be better. We can't just be happy with what we have. And we can't take it for granted. And we can't stop struggling. Because it can go away. If you study queer history, there are some places where it has gone away, after being just like the present day. So it is important for us all to defend each other and to support each other.