I've been thinking about this a lot since his open letter was published a few weeks ago, and I've had some thoughts bounce around in my head about this subject. So in all seriousness, what did Tim mean when he said he is proud to be gay? What is the gay pride parade about? I'm straight, but I dont't say I'm proud to be straight. Similarly, I'm Caucasian, but I don't say I'm proud to be white. Saying either feels like I'm saying that I'm superior, which I'm not saying at all. The conclusion that I've come up with is that he's really saying that he's not ashamed to be gay. Is that the same thing with gay pride parades? People saying they're not ashamed? Am I on the right track thinking that pride in this sense is the opposite of shame? I'd really like some insight on this, either confirmation or correction, and possibly some serious dialog.