photo by David Bailey
Note on 6/20/17:
When this photo was taken in 2009 I found myself disenchanted with gay culture. To me pride meant little more than glossy drunk parties and the accentuation of stereotypes. I channeled my anger and disappointment into this photo.
Years later I have seen gay marriage bills get passed. I have seen Orlando come together after the Pulse tragedy. I have married gay couples. I now understand what the pride flag means.
It is impossible to erase anything from the internet so I am going to keep this posted, own it, and apologize. It took me years and experience to understand the fight of the generations before me to enjoy the openly gay lifestyle I currently lead. To me, now, that’s what the pride flag symbolizes.
We can’t erase the mistakes of our youth. We can only own them, learn, and apologize.