Every time the subject of gay pride comes up, there are always a few people complaining, "yeah, but why do they have to be so outrageous? It makes me not want to like them." This bothers me because I love radical self-expression - in my mind, that's the best part! And I've come to realize that people who say that are completely missing the point. Pride isn't about seeking acceptance - it's not putting on a suit and a tie to make the other guy like you. It's about celebrating the freedom to be yourself. That you exist, and are fabulous - and that nobody has the right to take that away from you, no matter what they think. That is the meaning of pride.