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Gays Are Winning The Culture War. These Beautiful Pride Photos Show Why

IMG_2571-360x540Pride season 2014 is the biggest and most vibrant yet, and it’s not even over yet. Millions of people in hundreds of cities, big and small, turned June into a global celebration of all things queer. It was also the confirmation of a trend: In some places, straight nearly equaled gay in numbers. Hey, we’re all equal under the skin.

Pride is a chance for non-gays to party, too, a chance to party with the cool kids and to be themselves. That’s right, Pride is giving straight people a chance not only to  support their gay friends. It adds little glitter to their lives as well.

Perusing a batch of particularly lovely photos from Pride New York, Brooklyn and Washington, DC–depicting the glorious diversity of Pride people in portraits–we could not help but reflect on the difference in mood between the jubilation of these events and what can only be termed the grim determination of antigay activists at NOM’s June marriage march, in D.C., where porta potties nearly outnumbers protesters.

Asserting your own dignity and demanding equality is simply better for the soul than opposing the rights of others, which, we can only imagine, must weigh on the mind. Surely, this is one of the many things Americans have noticed as they have, slowly but surely, joined the parade over the last half century or so.

Haters are always gonna hate, but sometimes you just gotta wonder: If you can’t beat us, why not join us? We promise it will be a fun ride.

Anyhow, why are LGBT people winning the culture war of public opinion? Oh, let us count the ways in 20 revealing photos.

Would you rather hang out with these gents…

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Or this dude?

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These fine youngsters…

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Or these angry NOM protesters?

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Would you rather spend time with this crowd…

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Or these lonely souls?

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Would you rather take fashion tips from NOM’s perpetually scowling Brian Brown…

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Or these dudes?

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Even more awesomeness during Pride 2014...

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The best revenge, they say, is a good life.