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Rally Ho! The Gays Get Their Own Border-Crossing Car Race

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It's like a circuit party on wheels, say our buddies over at Gaywheels.com. They're talking about a rally planned for this summer in Europe, and another for the fall in the U.S., that's open exclusively to the GLBT crowd.

The Euro leg of the Rainbow Rampage -- the self-proclaimed " Ultimate Gay Party"-- is a seven-day motor rally that begins in Brighton, England, on its way to the Budapest gay pride event on July 4 weekend.

The course of the rally is specifically designed to travel on non-highway roads, and to include entertaining challenges to have the participants interact to the fullest in the non-stop festival. Rainbow Rampage will hit some of the major European cities such as Paris, Amsterdam, Hamburg, Berlin, and Vienna, finishing up in Budapest, where participants will be given free entry into the pride parade and accommodations to stay at one of Budapest’s famous spa hotels.

The European tour has few rules, allowing any road-legal car to enter. This leaves room for an eclectic array of cars and their drives in the parade. The kick-off day is June 28th.

The American leg of the tour starts on September 27th in Seattle, and then hits Oregon and Nevada before, um, cruising Las Vegas and Los Angeles. This tour will end in San Francisco, arriving in time for the city’s Love Fest on October 3rd.

Lead organizer of Rainbow Rampage, Guy Zucker, hopes more and more people will become aware of the event. He says that the parade will be “reaching [out] to the gay community at each stage along the way.” Cheers and happy motoring to the gays!
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  1. I read about this yesterday, and my partner and I are now in the planning stages to attend!!! What a great time it will be!
     
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  2. As an M.D. would be great idea to use this as educational opportunity for safe sex practices. Hope no one takes this the wrong way but STDs are still big problem in this country with both Gays and Heteros.
     
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  3. Our track club could certainly use more members and I know that other clubs around the nation needs more members to cope with rising insurance costs among others.
    Why to these people need to segragate themselves into their own separate group when other groups would welcome the additional members. Discrimation is at work here, ironicly by the group that screams discrimation the most.
     
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  4. Does anyone really care? Personally i hate the fact the rainbow, a symbol of God's promise is used for showing whether or not you're gay.
     
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  5. Um, for one, I really care. I don't think I'd participate if they excluded straight people. But have you ever been to a gay party? What am I saying...all parties are gay...otherwise they wouldn't be fun.
     
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  6. Oh and let's keep the offensive language to a zero, or you'll be blocked. You're welcome to your opinion, but not slurs.
     
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  7. The marque car clubs can be welcoming, but frankly, they're just not always that fun, and rarely do they plan such large events. This is going to be a blast, I wish I had to time to participate. It is so unfortunate that some people don't see it that way.
     
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  8. "These people" (myself included) are not segregating themselves into our own separate groups because we hate straight people or because we love attracting attention. We live in a society where ignorance and homophobia are still an ever-present part of our daily lives -- we see it everywhere, with our coworkers, in the newspapers, with our own families -- and events such as this are designed to allow a group of people who would normally not feel comfortable participating in a motorsports event the opportunity to do so.

    It's not surprising at all to hear cries of "discrimination" against straight people by the gay community -- homophobes and bigots have been using this tactic for years to keep a lid on any open and honest discussion of human rights issues. Furthermore, I'm sure if there are any straight folks out there who would like to participate in this event, you would be welcome to sign up and enjoy the drive. They aren't likely to make you "prove" how gay you are before turning a wheel, so get over yourselves. Fact is, the GLBT would love to have the opportunity to show the rest of the hateful/ignorant/bible-toting homophobes that we are all just like them -- who we fall in love with is such an insignificant part of who we are, and frankly it's none of anyone's business to judge. THAT, as you may have forgotten, is a symbol of God's promise -- love and acceptance for all. How appropriate.
     
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  9. First, I checked the Rainbow Rampage website and found the event was open to all (I didn't believe they would check to see if you are gay). There is no descrimination. This was an unfortunately biased error by the reporter, not the organizers of the event.

    This goes to show how full of hate and fear some people can be. As if these folks threatened their own being or individuality, or community at large. Get a grip folks, the world is full of all kinds of people.

    I'm glad to see there are events to bring the gay community mainstream, including the automotive community, and although there was an unfortunate error, glad TCC chose to publish the report.
     
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  10. Doc, Doc, promoting ignorance under the guise of help. Shame on you, you're obviously not a doctor. By singling out this "gay" automobile event to pass out AIDS/HIV information you are stereotyping all gays as HIV carriers. Which shows your ignorance, According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control) 50% of AIDS cases are among heterosexuals, IV drug users, and other (children born with AIDS/HIV, tainted blood, contaminated hospital machines, etc.). Heterosexuals have the same likelihood of contracting AIDS/HIV as a gay person does. So maybe you may want to promote AIDS prevention at NASCAR races where it will get the widest distribution, and frankly probably the most need. In my opinion, the proper forum for HIV and AIDS information and education would be at the doctor's office, not at the race track. New cases of the transmission of AIDS/HIV are from "Heterosexual" married men who want to avoid the stigma of being gay, but still have unprotected sex with men, end up giving it to their spouses and unborn children. Sounds like NASCAR country to me.
     
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