1. I get the sentiment but as someone who has seen the amount of money it cost to run a pride event and significant fundraising would need to happen to make up the shortfall that sponsorships fill. I definitely think there can be good and bad sides.

  2. The positive aspect of Rainbow Capitalism: It means that corporations believe they will make more money by claiming to be friendly towards LGBT+ individuals, rather than neutral or openly hostile.

  3. Totally agreed BUT I’m organizing my company’s participation in Motor City Pride and have found it to be so much bigger than just our logo. Over 50 employees and their families are coming out to march and celebrate with us. It’s important to support diverse workplaces and it’s important to feel valued at work!

  4. yea it sucks but at least the after party is usually where its at. Also if theres a dyke and/or trans march! those feel a lot more genuine🌈🌈

  5. Idk, I’ve been to prides around the country and the smaller ones without corporate sponsorship are just… not as fun? Sponsorship means money. Money to buy security, advertisement, accessibility, musical/entertainment talent, event location, permits, parking areas, and it brings down the cost of the small business vendors fee. If a large pride had to pay for all of those things just with the vending fees of small, potentially gay owned businesses, they wouldn’t be able to have a pride or the vendors. It really does help make prides available, even if the rainbow design has a corporate logo in it. There are a ton of “rainbow money” corps, but if they are also giving their money to build a better pride, who cares?

  6. Whys it lame? Would you rather corporations not give a shit about lgbt people? This is literally what we want

  7. It is kinda upsetting but when I remember a time when most huge companies were openly against lgbt rights, well I much prefer companies being supportive, even if it’s hollow. Empty support is better than actively condemning us publicly

  8. I hard agree with pretty much every complaint about corporate participation in pride. I just disagree with the idea that they should not be there. I will take performative wokeness and the crap that comes with over exuberance instead of prior silence or hostility. Better is not perfect, but it is better. Being a good ally is tough. My preference is to help them become better allies not exclude them.

  9. Definitely one of the most depressing parts of capitalism I find is how it demolishes every single vestige of true grassroots community and connection, then dresses itself in the corpse of that community, claiming nothing at all has changed while charging an ever increasing cover fee to participate in the hollowed out husk.

  10. Use to march in a parade near my birth house, with a group of women who supported women who had been traumatized by the patriarchy and rape, but always turned an eye towards you political folks who would be in the march, albeit it was a very progressive town.

  11. I understand where this sentiment comes from. I work in the marketing department for a company who is doing pride things. On the outside it may seem like a marketing scheme. In-house, it means a lot to some of us. I work in senior living and it shows our residents that all are welcome. One of our communities just participated in a pride parade and the joy you see on the employees' faces in the photos... It's genuine.

  12. You should def go. You should also consider reaching out to your favorite people you met in university. You dropped out, no one died or anything.

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