Considering the last 40 years of the gay rights movement is complicated. American society has come a long way, as evidenced by the numerous states that recognize gay marriage, the increasing protections gays have secured through legislation and the increasing success of reality TV shows about designers. (Thanks for the exposure, capitalism!)
But while there’s plenty to celebrate, there’s also much work to be done before gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people secure equal rights.
The 2009 Pride Issue has everything you need, including details on the weekend’s Pride Festival and Parade. And don’t forget the sunblock: It’s going to be hot out there, and we have a feeling someone’s going to have their shirt off.