I haven’t posted here in a while. I know. I’m sorry. I’ve not been in the best frame of mind for posting or doing much of anything social on the internet. I still don’t feel like it, but I’ve come across something that’s made me genuinely mad, and I need to say something and try to flip things around. I write articles for a living (if you can call it living), and today, I’m working on one about the largest gay pride festivals in the world. Of course, I have to include San Francisco Pride. So, I headed to their website, but – what’s this? I’m being told it has a poor reputation? Whaaaat?
You see, I use this Firefox plugin called Web of Trust, or WOT, which lets people rate the safety of certain websites. It comes in handy in case a site is known to give viruses or is a phishing scam. And with all the websites I come across doing research, I need something like that. When I visited the San Francisco Pride site, people had rated the website negatively in all categories possible. That couldn’t be right, really, so I visited the ratings detail page. Turns out, only ONE PERSON rated the site negatively. The excuse? The site is “not safe for children.” Take a moment to visit the SF Pride website. Go ahead, I’ll wait.
Pretty vanilla, right? Did you find anything children need to be shielded from? I didn’t, either. For that one person to decide that everyone needs protecting from TEH GAYZ reeks of homophobic intentions. I couldn’t let that just sit, so I’ve rated it as highly as possible and left a comment about why the site is completely safe. Kat followed suit, and now I’m spreading the word. If you have WOT installed, please take a second to give a good rating to a worthy cause. If you DON’T have WOT installed and want to get it just to help out, visit the Firefox Add-Ons library for it.
SF Pride has raised over $1.6 million for LGBT, HIV/AIDS and breast cancer supporting non-profit charities. The festivities have several features that are specifically FOR families. So pride, charity and love are unsafe for children?