DALLAS, September 13, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Dallas-area homosexual activists reacted with anger and disappointment this week after city officials pledged to crack down on lewdness and nudity at the annual gay pride parade.
While past parades have featured bare-breasted women and men in tight, wet underwear with visible genitalia, Dallas law enforcement said the city will no longer turn a blind eye to such violations of city and state law.
The pride parade rules now state: “In accordance with the city of Dallas public nudity ordinance,
parade participants must not expose genitalia, buttocks, or female breasts.”
Additionally the rules say that, “In accordance with state of Texas obscenity law, sexual paraphernalia, real or simulated sex acts and genital or phallic representations are prohibited from the parade.”
City officials, along with the event’s organizers, said they want the pride parade to be more “family friendly.”
Michael Doughman, executive director of the Tavern Guild, which organizes the parade, said, “police [have] looked the other way for years and years and years, but public lewdness and nudity in public is not going to continue to be tolerated.”
“You certainly can still express yourself, but unfortunately if your way of expressing yourself is to be naked or to be aroused in public, then it’s inappropriate, and I think most of the community agrees with that,” he said.
In order to prevent a similar occurrence during this year’s parade, it has been decided that participants must wear swimsuits at a minimum – not underwear.
That has some homosexual activists outraged.
“The ‘queer’ is effectively being erased from our Pride celebration in favor of the most polished, heteronormative representation of our community as possible,” activist Daniel Cates wrote on his Facebook page. “It should be noted that the rioters at the Stonewall Inn fought to break OUT of the damn closet! Our movement was built of sex positivity and our desire to BE WHO WE ARE! I urge you ALL to openly DEFY the Tavern Guild!”
On social media website Twitter, angry homosexuals vowed to wear – or not wear – whatever they want to the Pride Parade. Some ended their posts with the hashtag: #PrideOutWithYourHideOut.
That will present a challenge to Dallas policeman Jeremy Liebbe, an open homosexual, who has been charged with overseeing 95 law enforcement officers assigned to the parade route Sunday.
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Calling the promised crackdown a “preventative measure,” Liebbe told gay news outlet The Dallas Voice that any parade participants who violate the event’s decency standards will be warned during lineup before the parade and given a chance to put more clothes on. But if anyone is spotted getting naked during the course of the gay pride parade, they will be removed, and may be charged with indecent exposure.
Citing a case last year of a man wearing nothing but soaking wet, see-through underwear who waved his visibly erect penis at the crowd, Liebbe said, “If there’s an erection and a child is present that could see it, it is a felony, and we don’t want to see that happen.”
At least one homosexual observer welcomed the stricter rules.
“I’ve never understood the need to get naked (literally, or virtually) during Pride parades,” wrote pundit John Aravosis at gay website AMERICAblog. “D.C.’s parade this year had one float with a quite well-hung young man sporting some quite loose underwear, or a thong, and jumping up and down so his d--k would flop 180 degrees up and down for the audience. And while I would have loved the show in the privacy of my home, I found it inappropriate for a public parade, and I have a difficult time understanding the connection between our fight for civil rights and that idiot on the float.”
While Aravosis conceded that “sexual positivity – meaning, among other things, flashing your [genitalia] in public – was the basis of the movement for some, perhaps many [gays], back in 1969,” he said that today, “a lot of us no longer define a positive sexual attitude as flashing the neighbor’s kid during a parade.”