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June 11, 2007

Struggling with Pride

Grrr!In this morning's copy of the Washington Post Express edition were more dumb comments questioning the continued validity of gay pride parades and festivals. Pride is valid if only for an excuse to have our own holiday and party. Don't you think you're worth your own holiday? Joe.My.God also provides some more sound reasons to continue the festivities.

While I'm not crazy about parades (my back starts to hurt when I stand too long) I do like to go down to the festival because I usually see lots of friends from way back and today. It is a gathering of people with at least one thing in common. Otherwise many of us don't have that much in common.

And the truly sinful food options expand every year. This year I was able to buy bubble tea AND a Nutella/banana crepe at the same booth! Although I'll wager the incidents of grease fire particulate-induced lung cancer will increase in the gay community due to all the food vendors at the festival.

And we still need to have a pride festival at least until they one day serve batterfried cheese curds at one of the vendor booths.

Hey you gay pet owners: leave your dogs at home! Do you know how hot it is down there near the blacktop? And hot blacktop hurts doggie feet, and who knows how many doggie feet get stepped on in the crowd. We know you love your dog and your dog is very proud that you're gay, but if it's a hot day leave your dog at home.

Pride gives you an excuse to be Fierce!

Pride gives you an excuse to wear blast goggles, like Fitz:
Fitz & the Capitol Building

Pride gives you an excuse to hang out with furry people like yourself.
Buncha Bears

Pride gives your straight teammates an opportunity to help out.
Buncha Beers

And like I wrote earlier, Pride gives you the opportunity to greet longtime friends who will then pick you up and start humping you:
Bear Attack
I like the expression on Matt's face (at right) in the above pic.

Posted by jimbo at June 11, 2007 11:29 AM


I like the furry people. Especially Durban Bud. He's dreamy.

Posted by: Zack at June 11, 2007 4:02 PM

great pics...I must have just missed you

Posted by: stebbins at June 11, 2007 4:04 PM

Ditto on Durban Bud being "dreamy."

Jimbo, what kind of camera do yo have? I always love the beautiful clarity of your pics.

Posted by: Bob at June 11, 2007 9:31 PM

We had a combo blue and red food colored Italian ice - turned my pee a sinful shade of green for sure! It was like pissing St. Patrick's Day!

Posted by: TOS at June 11, 2007 9:34 PM

I feel like 99% of the year my actions are centered around nixing the HRC mentality that says that gays are the same as straights except in the bedroom. That's bogus. Straights are the same as straights in and out of the bedroom, and that ideology totally marginalizes fierce queers, fats, men with beards and tutus, blast googles, etc.

But during Pride as a gay dude who can pass and sometimes enjoy straight privilege, my agenda shifts to one of "I'm not invisible now. We're not invisible now. You can't make us invisible."

Posted by: Paul at June 12, 2007 6:14 AM

I have and use a Cannon PowerShot S2 1S. It's easy to use, was affordable, and there are now newer versions of the camera. I still haven't begun to learn how to use all its functions.

Posted by: jimbo at June 12, 2007 1:04 PM

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