San Francisco Gay Pride Parade

With Chris still nursing his post-surgery shoulder, and my friend Martin, who describes himself as the least gay gay man out there, turning down my invite to go watch the 42nd Annual San Francisco Gay Pride Parade this Sunday (“Why would you want to go to that? It’s a just bunch of gays, parading,” he [...]

San Francisco Gay Pride Parade balloons

Think I can get Chris onboard with these for Halloween?

With Chris still nursing his post-surgery shoulder, and my friend Martin, who describes himself as the least gay gay man out there, turning down my invite to go watch the 42nd Annual San Francisco Gay Pride Parade this Sunday (“Why would you want to go to that? It’s a just bunch of gays, parading,” he told me), it was just me and my trusty steed.

The weather gods rolled out a beautiful day for the extravaganza. I biked through several blissfully car-free streets and made friends with a nice couple in a prime viewing spot, until a nearby bum on the verge of barfing sent us scattering. So I tucked into a group of chatty Asian boys a few feet away.

From there, we watched the rainbow-soaked show, complete with politicians waving flags, floats thumping with techno beats, and performers of all types. Celebs included comedian Sarah Silverman and Glee star Dot Jones, whose presence sent the crowd into appropriately gleeful shrieks. My favorite costumes were these incredibly colorful balloon thingies that looked like giant sea anenomes. (Yes, I’m already getting inspired for Halloween.)

Though the whole scene was a bit less dramatic and flamboyant than I expected (I’m still surprised I saw not a single saggy, old-man ass), the whole mood was delightfully, and deservedly, joyous. I thought often of a close friend going through some serious struggles with his family over his homosexuality, and how I wished he was there with me, in an environment that supports people and celebrates their differences, in a city that’s ground zero for gay rights.

And that’s how I spent my Sunday morning: watching a bunch of gays, parading. But considering their collective journey — and my dear friend’s current struggles – that, in and of itself, was worthy of some spirited applause.

 

1 Comment »

  1. Love you Blane!! XO

    Comment by Sean Liphard — June 28, 2012 @ 5:48 pm

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