Re: Are we talking about a parallel universe I'd like to live in?
Actually, you managed to totally miss the gist of my point. I'll make it a little more succinctly here for your convenience:
'Pride' in this instance is not a glitter-covered banner being waved at every opportunity, more an internal feeling of completeness and honesty with oneself.
All I'm trying to say is that those guys that do use Grindr shouldn't feel any embarrassment about it, as seeking out people who like the same things as you is a *totally normal* thing to do.
I totally understand that everyone's circumstances are different, but the important thing is that comments perpetuating the idea that Grindr or 'loud gays' (to paraphrase your crock of nonsense) are weird or somehow should shut up and be greatful they're on the whole accepted is, frankly, bizzarre and archaic.
I was simply trying to make the point that the casual mockery of gay culture and lifestyles creates a climate of friction, and ultimately hurts not those of us that are out and loudly proud, but those of us at our most vulnerable... the ones that are still in the closet.