The constitution says, "No State shall...deny to any person the equal protection of the laws.” but it happens all the time.

Here's a drill for you. You're in a car on the highway and you urgently need to catch up with a friend that's ahead of you, so what do you do? The answer is put on the gas. You have to go faster than the person in front of you in order to catch up. You're not trying to zoom past them or show off; you are simply accelerating so you can get where your friend is.

That's why Pride events are still needed. Sure, they are also about recognizing those who helped the fight to catch up, but they are really just about getting that equal protection that the constitution talked about. So, here's the underlying question, why are you afraid for the LGBTQ community to catch up? I suspect a lot of it has to do with the underlying human behavior that makes people pick on the next one down the line (probably out of fear they'll lose their place that's not at the bottom).

It's time to let the LGBTQ community catch up. Of course, some of you are going to be a little uncomfortable at first, but it's because you haven't been around them. When people are forced to live a closeted life, you don't get a chance to know them.

For those of you who are having a hard time dealing with this, maybe you'll listen to Stone Cold Steve Austin's take on marriage equality:

"I don't give a sh!t if two guys, two gals, guy-gal, whatever it is, I believe that any human being in America, or any human being in the g@ddamn world, that wants to be married, and if it's same-sex, more power to 'em."

Pride events will and should continue until they aren't needed anymore. Lubbock Pride will take place on August 20th to take advantage of the students being here. 

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Note: just in case you want to check me on the Stone Cold quote, you can hear it with your own ears below, but be careful, he doesn't censor himself and he's pretty hard on religion too.