As part of the culture of this wondrous city, I have met people of many different sexual identities. The thing I admire most about the LGBTQ community is how proud they are. A sign I saw for LGBTQ rights included the phrase, “Out, loud, and proud!” and I found it incredible appropriate. More than once, I have met a gay man and learned if he is a “top” or “bottom” during sex within the same conversation. I don’t mean to generalize or stereotype because certainly not everyone so flamboyantly wears their sexualities on their sleeves, but more often than not, some kind of bold sense of self-awareness is present. If someone identifies as gay, that means they have already had to “come out” to declare their sexuality. Because of this, they exude a certain kind of confidence about who they are. We need to be educated about ourselves in aVagina Monologuessort of way—verbalize it, sing it, scream it. Sex, sexuality, our private parts are there for a reason. Why not talk about it, be educated about it, and be proud of it?
Being heterosexual, you don’t have to explain or declare to anyone why you’re attracted to the opposite sex. Because there is never a need for this verbal announcement, I think a lot of people still feel uncomfortable talking about what goes on with their “private parts.” What heterosexual people need to learn from the LGBTQ community is that sex should not be a taboo topic. We all know what goes on behind closed doors, so don’t ignore it: celebrate it. Isn’t that what Pride is all about?