As many of you know, I am an out, loud and proud member of the LGBT community... It's Pride Week here from July 18 to the 28th. That annual celebration of LGBT people and culture, parades and whatnot. I usually go for at least the parade, but this year, I think I'm going to skip the whole thing. It's become too political. What started as a celebration of us as people has been turned into a political movement fraught with name calling, criticism and potential violence. It's bad enough that we have to worry about anti-gay groups disrupting our events, but now we're doing it to each other? I realize that everyone has an axe to grind, but some of the talk that I am hearing from the community is unsettling. Some in the community are actually advocating violence against straight people. This is anecdotal, it has not been reported in the news, but I've heard it floating around from friends. I really hope it isn't true. It's bad enough when we tell certain supportive groups that they can't be a part of our festivities, but advocating violence? What happened to our little community of love and tolerance? We above all people should know that violence is not the answer to anything. Most of us have been subjected to hate and violence for most of our lives. I, myself, have been beaten leaving clubs by cowards who hide in the shadows and wait for people to leave. That being said, I don't agree with everything being made into a political issue. Why can't we have a celebration without rabble-rousing? Why is it necessary to pollute a good time with violence and hate? It seems like that is what a lot of the people want this year, if the stories are to be believed. It makes me sad and I don't want to be a part of someone's political agenda, so I'll be staying home this time. I know that some of you are gay or LGBT friendly. I would like your opinion. Am I wrong to feel this way?