The weather couldn’t have been better Saturday. It was a gorgeous afternoon to be in Downtown Winston for Pride Winston-Salem 2018. Pride Winston-Salem is an affirmation of individuality. It’s a time when the LGBTQ community takes to the streets of Downtown Winston, joined by straight allies.
I’m a big fan of Pride Winston-Salem, but I hate to see the festival get more commercial and corporate each year. The message seems to be, “come out and spend money,” as if being gay were a tax status.
There are many excellent churches and organizations at Pride Winston-Salem each year. But they’re way too many banks, car dealers, and merchants of all types. I hate to see a movement that started at Stonewall become simply another shopping holiday.