Saturday, June 26, 2010

Photo of the Day

An anti-gay preacher meets some loving opposition at the Twin Cities Gay Pride Festival - Saturday, June 26, 2010.

For more photos (and commentary) from Gay Pride 2010, click here.

Image: Michael J. Bayly.

Recommended Off-site Link:
Evangelist at Pride Festival is Taken in Stride - Abby Simons (Star Tribune, June 26, 2010).


kevin57 said...

Photo of the Day? I nominate it for Photo of the Year!

Michael J. Bayly said...

Thanks, Kevin. It is rather iconic, isn't it? I'll write about how I manage to capture it when I post my Twin Cities Gay Pride 2010 post in the next few days.



GrantJM said...

Why didn't I think of that?

lojasmo said...

This makes me smile.

Mareczku said...

Hi Michael, I e-mailed this to my 2 friends in Oz.

Terry Nelson said...

Michael - I wonder if you might post on the tenor of these preachers - were they preaching hell-fire and damnation? Were they shouting out their message, or were they unobtrusive as they were supposed to be? Did they do more than hand out Bibles, and so on? I was wondering if a gay-pride presence is permitted at public gatherings, such as a St. Patrick's day parade or something similar? Do you think Christians would have responded so vehemently against that type of participation as Pride organizers di with these evangelists?

Then I wonder if you could comment on the presence of the parish of St. Mary's Basilica? I noted on a very conservative Catholic blog that representatives of the Basilica were there welcoming gay people to the church. The implication is that they were acting contrary to "diocesean rules of conduct", if you will.

It seems to me there must have been unofficial infiltrators/spies there on the lookout for Catholics who support Pride. I find that curious. I wonder if you have information on these topics? Would gay people ever attempt to infiltrate a Catholic gathering?

Thanks for considering my questions.


Michael J. Bayly said...

Hi, Terry,

Thanks for stopping by. I provide more details about this photo here. And, yes, the preachers were preaching quite loudly a message of "hell-fire and damnation." They weren't connected to the guy who was handing out Bibles.

Also, many of those who "responded vehemently" to these preachers identify as Christian. I don't think it's accurate or helpful to try and fit people into either a "Christian" camp or a "gay" camp (no pun intended!). For folks that I know, it's a case of "both/and" rather than "either/or."

As to the presence of the Basilica at Pride, I can't speak to that. I can say that no Catholic parish had a booth this year at Pride or marched in the parade.

And finally, in response to your last question, "Would gay people ever attempt to infiltrate a Catholic gathering?", most Catholic gatherings I attend include gay people whose presence is welcomed, accepted, and very much a given. There's no need for "infiltration."



Raph said...

People ask it and, Mick, you always take time to answer it. Good on you and The Wild Reed!

Richardrev's Ravings said...

Damn, the preacher is kind of hot looking, I wonder if he and Tom Brock are "friendly"...