Another year goes by and another Pride Parade celebration swings around in West Hollywood, full of rainbow colours, glitter, balloons, sequins, unicorns and on this occasion a pop princess in the form of Demi Lovato as the Parade Grand Marshal.
Demi Lovato filmed her new pop video at the ParadeKelly and Sharon Osbourne, ice-skater Johnny Weir, 80's movie actress Molly Ringwald and TV presenter Maria Menounos, I felt this was all just a PR stunt and exposure opportunity for the singer and she didn't live up to her Grand Marshal duties.
AIDS LifeCycle riders raised over $15 million this year
Celebrating the successful Prop 8 plaintiffs
that helped restore Californian gay marriage
Plus other floats recognising the contribution of the Prop 8 plaintiffs and the team who helped overturn the repugnant law banning gay marriage last June, and allowed same sex couples, myself included to get legally married in California. Now that's something to celebrate this year.
It's always fun to see people getting into the spirit of the day, especially when that sun has been beating down on them for hours and they still keep going.
But the annual Parade is still essential to highlight key concerns facing our community to a wider audience, like the current call for a boycott of the Sultan of Brunei's hotels, The Beverly Hills Hotel and Hotel Bel-Air, and other hotels under the luxury Dorchester banner.
If you don't know what all the fuss is about, he recently enacted Islamic or Shariah laws, which can can result in the stoning to death of gays and lesbians in his country. We shouldn't be supporting someone who criminalises being gay, or puts us to death for the way we are born.
The Parade certainly brings out the performers and exhibitionists, but who doesn't like the glitter and glamour of the joyous event.
This year we have lots to celebrate, only last week Wisconsin struck down their discriminatory ban on same-sex marriage, making it the 27th state in the U.S. to enjoy the freedom of gay marriage.
If you live in West Hollywood you feel relatively safe and free being out, loud and proud, but there's still large parts of America, and the world, where gay youths and closeted gay people don't have that luxury and live in fear of persecution.
You only have to look at the atrocities happening against the gay citizens of Russia and Africa to see the battle is far from over.
For me Pride is a celebration, but also a statement. We ain't going anywhere and we come in many different shapes, flavours and colours, and we all deserve to be treated with the same respect, rights and decency as the rest of humanity.
Make way for Demi Lovato