Don’t feel fully recovered yet from busy April, and seems that Marvin has taken over the blog (see below) but I did get to Northampton, MA to check out their amazing pride festival.
This was unlike any Pride I experienced–a real family affair. (Much less feathers and leather than say NYC Pride).
Lots of lesbian moms and gay dads with their strollers and children (and dogs–loads of dogs). The most amazing gathering of trans folks, genderqueers individuals and gender-liberated people I have ever seen. And young people–loads of high school and college students represented their GSAs. And the whole thing was over and cleaned up by 6:00 PM. Guess everyone had to put the kids to bed.
I got to see some great folks from Bennington, VT (hey Aaron, Ashley, Anne, Sadelle, Elvis, Anja and the rest!) and a great trans teen I had met at True Colors in March (hey Elliot) and a new friend from Boston who joined me for the day (hey Max!). Also, I got to see the power couple Cale and Jenessa and to see Girlyman perform.
I bought a really cool jacket/shirt and cap from DITC (Dykes in the City). Somehow I once again avoided buying anything with a rainbow on it.
This is the sort of Pride event that anti-gay Christians and political leaders do NOT want their followers (and voters) to see. It messes up the sordid picture they like to paint of us queer folk. It was a display of love, of family, of freedom, of new life, of community, of health, of beauty–things to be proud of.