I have take part in local pride events, for sure, although I have not walked in the Parade. I know that I can walk in the parade even if I am not "out", but I must admit the idea brings out a lot of conflicting feelings in me. I know that I am part of the LGBT family. Indeed, I am collaborating with a lot of trans women who recognizes me as one of them: another trans activist. But the fact that I have not transitioned makes it a bit difficult for me. It is all in my head, I know. I am working on it. My wife has asked me several times now: She wants to walk in the parade.
So at pride events I look like the interested and sympathetic supporter. I have many gay friends, so this surprises no one.
I love the pride events in my town, though. I love the diversity of all the people, from the akward and shy FTM geeks to the flamboyant MTF queens, and I love the fact that all these people can stand together demanding the right to live as who they are.
I'm with a network of tgirls (transwomen) who hate the LGB (or GLB) community because they think the alphabet soup group is all about silly leftist politics.
This is not the case in Norway. In fact, the largest section of the recen pride parades have been from the Conservative Party. Here even the right wing populist "Progess Party" takes part in the parade, as did the leader of the Christian People's Party this year. This is probably one of the reasons the transgender community won a long fought battle this year. We may now -- if we want to -- legally change our gender, without the permission of medical gate keepers and without surgery, as was the case before.