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Pride Parades: Are They Good Or Bad For The LGBT Community? Vote Now! (POLL)

It's Friday and that means another Poll Position question and this week's chance to sound off on a topic facing the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community.

Today we're celebrating the kick off of Pride, as throughout June cities across the country and around the world will hold events to celebrate LGBT people and their history.

We'll be featuring news stories, Pride previews, photo slideshows, blog posts, and more all month long on our special Pride 2012 page.

As we start the festivities, we thought we'd ask your opinions on Pride parades.

To commemorate the first anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, New York City held the Christopher Street Liberation Day parade, named after Stonewall Inn’s street address where the famous protests took place, in 1970. That same weekend, Pride parades and remembrance events were held in Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.

For many people, Pride parades are a chance to come together and celebrate the community and how far it's come, to remember and honor those who came before us, to support each other in our continued efforts to achieve equal rights and to celebrate what it means to be LGBT -- both personally and politically.

But other LGBT people do not support Pride parades.

Some fault them for giving foes of the community ammunition with which to disparage the movement. They cite the often sex positive and flamboyant displays that are customarily part of the parades as enforcing the stereotype that LGBT people are silly, genderbending, sex-crazed freaks. They worry that LGBT people will never gain acceptance from the mainstream if they continue to flaunt their "otherness."

Still others do not feel connected to the LGBT community in this way or feel that Pride parades do not represent them for a variety of reasons and, therefore, they choose not to attend Pride parades.

So, where do you stand?

Vote in the poll below and then elaborate on your vote in the comments section.

Be sure to check out Gay Voices and our special Pride 2012 page for all of our LGBT Pride coverage in June.

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