LGBTQ+ ‘Pride’ Isn’t Inclusive, It’s Totalitarian

This past Saturday night, the New York Rangers National Hockey League (NHL) team did something almost unbelievable. Though scheduled to wear LGBTQ “Pride” jerseys during pregame warmups, not one member of the team did so.

Another recent example of defying LGBTQ+ “Pride” jersey demands in the NHL — which is run by people who are as governed by cowardice as those who run Major League Baseball, the National Football League and the National Basketball Association — was a player for the Philadelphia Flyers, Ivan Provorov, who refused to wear a “Pride” jersey 10 days earlier.

As reported by Fox News:

“Provorov refused to participate in pregame warmups where players wore Pride-themed jerseys and wielded hockey sticks wrapped in rainbow Pride tape. ‘I respect everyone,’ he told reporters after they won the actual game against the Anaheim Ducks. ‘I respect everybody’s choices. My choice is to stay true to myself and my religion.'”

Provorov is Russian Orthodox. (Question: has one Protestant or Catholic NHL player refused to wear a “Pride” jersey?)

Perhaps the New York Rangers organization was aware of the amount of support Provorov received: “Multiple news outlets including the Post Millennial, OutKick and Washington Examiner have since reported that the Philadelphia Flyers Provorov jerseys have been selling out in multiple stores online.”

The Flyers and, apparently, the Rangers learned the truth about their fans: the vast majority of them — and presumably of Americans and Canadians in general — do not wish to discriminate against those who are LGBTQ+ but they do not want their teams to go on record as expressing “Pride” in those who are LGBTQ+.

This mirrors society at large. The vast majority of Americans believe in tolerance of LGBTQ+ individuals but not in organizations expressing pride in them.

Why is this?

Because “Pride” is not about tolerance. “Pride” is totalitarian.

Tolerance is about behavior. “Pride” is about thought.

The proof is that while there are laws governing tolerance, there are no laws governing pride. And if there were, most people would understand that such laws would enter the realm of thought control.

Most people could not articulate the totalitarian nature of LGBTQ+ “Pride.” But they do sense it. That is why Provorov’s jersey became the Flyers’ best-selling jersey. Contrary to the pablum written by virtually every sports writer in North America (there is no more sheeplike group than sports writers), people do not oppose LGBTQ+ jerseys, nights, hockey sticks, illumination and other displays of obsequiousness because they hate gays. They do so because they intuit that this is totalitarian — that they and their teams are being forced into groupthink.

That is why the Left chose the word “pride” and not “tolerance” — “pride” is about thought. Unlike liberalism and conservatism, leftism is totalitarian. And totalitarianism controls thought as well as speech.

The only difference between the American Left and communist totalitarianism is opportunity. All leftists want to control speech and eventually thought. Thus, if you treat gays in your daily life just as you treat heterosexuals, it is not enough. You must go much further. You must express “pride” in gays and lesbians — and not in just gays and lesbians, but in the bisexual, the transgender, the “queer” and the nonbinary. You must not only say, but think, “I am proud of people who consider themselves neither male nor female” — as if such mental illness is an achievement.

So, too, you must refrain from thinking, let alone saying, that having a mother and father is generally best for a child or that one man married to one woman is best for society. And you must refrain from expressing any reservations about teachers no longer calling their students “boys and girls”; about “drag queen story hours” for 5-year-olds; or about giving hormone blockers to children.

The next time you read about “thought control” in North Korea, understand that North Korea’s thought control differs from “Pride” days and nights at sporting events — and from the rest of the Left — only by degree. The Left in America, like the Left in North Korea, demands your mind, not just your behavior.

Agree/Disagree with the author(s)? Let them know in the comments below and be heard by 10’s of thousands of CDN readers each day!

Support Conservative Daily News with a small donation via Paypal or credit card that will go towards supporting the news and commentary you've come to appreciate.

Dennis Prager

Dennis Prager is a nationally syndicated radio talk-show host and columnist. His commentary on Deuteronomy, the third volume of The Rational Bible, his five-volume commentary on the first five books of the Bible, will be published in October. His latest books, published by Regnery. He is the co-founder of Prager University and may be contacted at

Related Articles


  1. Very good article and I really enjoyed it. It’s good seeing someone with the conviction to tell the truth. Shoving their opinion down peoples throats and calling those who disagree homophobic and haters shows their aggressive nature like they showed Lot in Sodom when they attempted to break down his door because the wanted Lot to send the two visitors (angels) out so that they may KNOW THEM. Why can’t they keep their opinions to themselves? I don’t hate them but like the Flyers hockey player, I stay true to my God and my convictions! That’s why they attack the Holy Bible as they do. Because they know in their hardened heart it is not normal and against nature and I have been studying the Bible 48 years and can’t find anywhere in it where God has changed his mind on the matter. I can’t change their lifestyle but they won’t change mine either so keep your depravity to yourself.

  2. Ivan Provorov is not allowed his personal beliefs, but must openly wear a “rainbow” jersey or be excoriated and told to leave the country. What used to be the so-called “tolerant” left now demands that you not only accept their deviant actors and beliefs, but you must “bow” to them and openly support them. Then there’s the fact that only in America can any conservative black person (Byron Donalds, Hershel Walker, Larry Elder, Candice Owens, Clarence Thomas, etc. etc.) be called a racist, a token, a prop, Uncle Tom, Oreo, or worse. Ditto, if you are openly Christian. Tony Dungy is condemned because he and his wife are Christian and pro life. Most of the people I have listed have even received death threats. These Democrats and far left ideologues are the real fascists and racists and want to destroy all of our fundamental freedoms enshrined in the Constitution and our Bill of Rights and are no better than the terrorists of Antifa, who simply want to destroy our society and culture.

  3. Evils Progressio:
    First We Overlook Evil
    Then we permit Evil
    Then we legalize Evil
    Then we promote Evil
    Then we Celebrate Evil
    Then we persecute those that still call it evil

    This is the downward spiral that has happened in America….. We are paying for it

Back to top button