There has always been a truth to the idiom 'where there is smoke there is fire' and Donald Trump's statements and actions seem to be fanning a huge blaze. His entire campaign, as evidenced by the Republican convention, is geared to incite the worst in the American people and to scare them into voting for him.
Happening less than a fortnight before Pride celebrations kicked off in the Northern hemisphere, it dawned on many that, although Pride was important to highlight equality and identity, the annual celebration was wholly inadequate to deal with the complex issues faced by the LGBT community across the world.
While the LGBT community can be ultra welcoming, it can sometimes have a reputation for being, shall we say, "divisive" at times, sometimes making it a tad harder for the bears, the lesbians and the circuit queens to all play nicely within the same ultra colorful sandbox. The one place that has managed to bring them all together almost seamlessly is Asbury Park NJ.