“I’m ready for gay pride parades to end. I’m ready for big, flamboyant prideful events to go away forever … Why are we ‘proud’ to be gay and why would straight people be proud to be straight? When we draw attention to these things, whether we’re rebuking them or celebrating them, it pulls them out of the realm of being normal.
When it’s suggested that a 14 or 15-year-old kid for whom life is a daily, bullied hell just might think twice about suicide after witnessing thousands of people in joyful acceptance of who they are, Pierce replies, “Well it’s funny, I was that kid. And when I saw the gay pride parade it freaked me out, and I literally ran in the opposite direction. I’m not saying hide or be silent, but I’m saying be who you are and be normal.”
— Jonny Pierce