Between the two of us, Milton and I have attended many Pride celebrations through the years, but following Friday night’s historic same-sex marriage vote by the New York State Senate, neither of us had ever experienced a celebration quite like the glorious one we witnessed from the sidelines on Sunday. The gratitude expressed to Governor Andrew Cuomo for completing the work that his predecessor, former Governor David Patterson, had started to legalize same-sex marriage in the Empire State, was expressed throughout. Andrew Cuomo is a hero who has earned the vote of every LGBT New Yorker forever.
Milton and I met at our usual undisclosed meeting place in the West Village. Everything seemed to be going according to plan until we were pounding the pavement en route to staking out a good picture-taking spot. I stepped off a curb and one of my gunboats landed in a fetid puddle of garbage soup. I was generously splashed with toxic stink but fortunately my attire was not stained. I simply smelled like I was wearing a fragrance that could have been called Vomit by Chanel.
This year, the turnout seemed much larger than in earlier years. There was more of everyone in both the ultra inclusive crowd and the march itself. There were gay people, straight people, oldsters, youngsters, drag queens, butch and femme types of both genders, punt dogs, families with children and couples of all persuasions. The lovely warm weather was the perfect compliment to the celebrating. We never once felt like we might collapse from heat prostration.
There was also an unseen heroine at Sunday’s march who was there in spirit. She’s Lady Gaga and her anthem, Born This Way, blasted triumphantly from so many of the floats. Milton hailed:
Milton (hailing): That’s the song of a generation!
I pondered his assessment and groaned.
Me (groaning): We had Material Girl for ours.
Clearly, the country is moving in a progressive direction. Posted below are some of the over 1,200 pictures Milton and I shot of this year’s victory march. Enjoy!