Pride Fest Milwaukee: A chance to be with people who might not be like you and don’t even want to be

The first festival of Milwaukee’s busy festival season (Summer) celebrates the LGBT  people we all share space with every day.  The festival is similar the many ethnic festivals that take place at the Henry W. Maier Festival Grounds each year.  There is, however, a major difference between Pride Fest and the other festivals.

Unlike so many of the festivals held each Summer, including Labor Fest, Pride Fest is focused on the celebration of people as they are and who they are right now.  Gay people come from every race, religious tradition, and national origin but that is not the point of Pride Fest.  Instead, Pride Fest is a celebration of people, families, and relationships.  Rather than focusing primarily on days gone by Pride Fest has a clear focus on the present and the future.  Fortunately there is great hope for the continued recognition of civil rights of LGBT people.

It could be argued that every day is Straight Fest but only one weekend a year celebrates gay pride.  The fact is it is a rare occasion when any of us gather to simply celebrate who we are, where we are,  and who we love.  Pride Fest seems to accomplish this almost impossible feat and that’s a very good thing.

To go to the Pride Fest web page click here.

The luxury of 12 year old adults

I’ve been hearing bits and pieces of the bizarre story of two 12 year old girls in Waukesha, WI who somehow came to the conclusion it was a good idea to kill one of their peers.  The girls have been charged as adults under a legal regulation that is pretty bizarre in its own right.  By charging these girls as adults we eliminate the need to answer a whole bunch of questions about how these children came to the decision to kill another person.

That’s not to say there wont be plenty of talk and speculation about this horrible case but the primary responsibility for illuminating the circumstances of this case will be in the hands of prosecutors and defense attorneys.  I’m sure the speculation about this situation will fill hours of talk show time and blog pages (guilty)  without adding a great deal of understanding to how these children could get so very confused that they would be moved toward murder by following a fictional character in a game.

It is a luxury to be able to sit on the sidelines and watch this drama unfold as if it were a fictional story.  If these children were thought of as children in this situation we would be forced to face the harsh realities of how very challenging it is to be a child and to raise children in this very complicated world.  Charging these children as adults allows us to avoid the reality of this situation and treat these girls  as if they were fictional characters in a game or on TV.