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Oct. 5th, 2008 | 05:46 pm
mood: lovedgushing uncontrollably
music: She & Him "You Really Gotta Hold on Me"

From oblivion, that is. With stuff I stole from other people.

Various entries I've been meaning to write for a while have finally formulated enough in my head that they can come spouting out. Here is the first!

NC Pride

Last weekend I attended NC Pride for the 8th time. I couldn't have been prouder to go, and I'd go 8 more times if I lived here for another 8 years. Despite the impression that it's the same event with the same stuff every year, I don't think I'll soon get tired of a celebration that is so uplifting and so necessary. Yes, still. My neighborhood, and Durham as a whole, are a progressive liberal paradise (the parade was in my neighborhood!), and I work for a huge employer that throws benefits tangible and intangible at LGBT folks. Being gay and out is easy for me here. But I really feel that this celebration isn't for me; it's for the folks who live in Garner and Goldsboro and Rockingham, and it's for the folks who aren't out at work for fear of being fired, and it's for the folks whose families and churches don't approve of their sexual orientation, don't even want to talk about it.

Why I went and why I love it every year is far beyond visibility, though. Maybe my words are best summed up by fj in his entry about London Pride. A sense of community, with the many friends I saw at the parade and at the club as well as the people I don't know but that came because they support an inclusive environment. I loved it, and I loved to see the reactions of people who were there for the first time. Yes, the festival grounds were muddy. Yes, the club was packed and it took forever to get in (not least because of the many underage people arguing with the door guy). I still found it all so worth it. Yes, we always see people that maybe we'd prefer not to otherwise. But I was struck by how everyone at least made polite conversation, didn't try to walk away or pretend they didn't see you. We may be on to something in building a community here.

I think I'll stop writing and just show you more of the happy people there. Heh.

Photos 1-6, 8 courtesy of Jianghai, 7,9 courtesy of Bengisu

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from: kishenehn
date: Oct. 5th, 2008 11:54 pm (UTC)

Great post! You made me feel good this afternoon. :)

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from: silverthief2
date: Oct. 6th, 2008 06:56 pm (UTC)

Glad you enjoyed it. It was a fun entry to write, and I've got a few more like this up my sleeve. :)

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