The last Pride Parade I went to, and it was a few years ago, had a special tribute to elderly gays and lesbians, the people who, in the 50's 60's and 70's made their lives public and bore the brunt of discrimination and hatred. It was truly moving to see how revered these people were, how they were celebrated and lauded by the younger folks.
Because everyone knew that gay pride was not about the right to have sex with 10 strangers in a bar, as skeptic keeps insisting. You do not need a political or social movement to have sex with whoever, as a glance at most any culture in any historical period will reveal. And just for the record, gay people are not advocating en masse for the legalization of having sex with small children. (It was [probably] a lesbian who let the fight for the raising the age of consent in the US, remember?)
And that slur is such an insult to the many gay couples and individuals raising their own kids, being foster parents of kids (most often produced by neglectful straight people), caring for HIV-positive babies, running social services for abused kids, providing safe havens for homeless youth, etc. I know gay people personally who are better parents-- and better community members than most straight people.
The struggle was, and is, for equal treatment, for respect, for validation as human beings-- people who are parents, kids, brothers, sisters, neighbors, friends, co-workers. The 'skeptics' want to focus on the spectacle of men in pink hot pants, or women with crew cuts in work boots and lumberjack shirts, as if those superficial stereotypes are all gay people are about. It is as if anti-gay folks think real life is a pron video. Are all straight women busty schoolteachers waiting in the locker room to spank the football team with a ruler? Are all straight men studly pizza delivery guys stumbling across bored and lonely housewives? If not, why think of all gay folks as some silly movie image from the 1980's?
Yeah, you can find wild behavior among some gays--just like some straights.
People in their 20's and 30's of all orientations like to go to bars and party. But then everyone gets older and most want to settle down. The 'skeptics' want to ignore gay folks in their 60's, 70's and older, who are not out partying in bars, but who want to live out the remainder of their lives safe and secure with the person they love.