Lame Adventure 465: Here comes the Pride

Last Friday morning, I was sitting at my desk at The Grind when I noticed an alert on my iPhone.

Wow!!!!

Wow!!!!

Even though I thought the odds were good that the Supreme Court would rule in favor of same sex marriage, it still seemed remarkable. The cynic in me, which coincidentally comprises 99.9% of my being, never thought that this day would happen in my lifetime. Much to my relief I still have a pulse.

This past Sunday, I attended the Gay Pride Parade on Fifth Avenue with my friend, Milton. The atmosphere, on the heels of this historic ruling, was euphoric. Posted below are some of the more than 1,100 photographs he and I shot of the celebration.

Well said ... even if the placard was corporate sponsored.

Well said … even if the placard was corporate sponsored.

Manly cake toppers.

Manly cake toppers.

Jubilant marcher all wrapped up in the rainbow flag.

Jubilant marcher all wrapped up in the rainbow flag.

Yes, it is!

Yes, it is!

Dancing in the street and left the baseball cap at home.

Dancing in the street and left the baseball cap at home.

Togetherness.

Togetherness.

Grand marshal Sir Derek Jacobi.

Grand marshal Sir Derek Jacobi.

Grand marshal Sir Ian McKellen.

Grand marshal Sir Ian McKellen.

Lea Delaria making a grand entrance to the delight of the crowd.

Lea Delaria making a grand entrance in a vintage gas guzzler to the delight of the crowd.

Bearadonna's back!

Bearadonna’s back!

Little kid marching.

Little kid marching.

Easy rider.

Easy rider.

Easiest rider.

Easiest rider.

The perfect place and occasion to don the gay apparel.

The perfect place and occasion to don the gay apparel.

What the hell is it pride.

What the hell is it pride.

Super charged dude who slipped and fell a split second after this picture was taken. He bounced right back up.

Super charged dude who slipped and fell a split second after this picture was taken. He bounced right back up.

Hello Carmen Miranda!

Hello Carmen Miranda!

Happy faces.

Happy faces.

Got makeup?

Got makeup?

Pride shades.

Pride shades.

Love rules husbands.

Love rules husbands.

Wife & wife.

Wife & wife.

New York Police band playing "Here Comes the Bride."

New York Police band playing “Here Comes the Bride.”

Impressive tattoo.

Impressive tattoo.

What the hell is this?

What the hell is this?

Good advice.

Good advice.

US of Pride.

US of Pride.

Time to wear the golden wings.

Time to wear the golden wings.

Euphoria.

Euphoria.

High energy.

High energy.

Pride pooch.

Pride pooch.

Everyone is welcome and bring the toucan.

Everyone is welcome and bring the toucan.

Nice smiles.

Nice smiles.

Corporate sponsor Chase and an exposed breast.

Corporate sponsor Chase and an exposed breast: together at last.

One size probably does not fit all.

One size probably does not fit all.

More what the hell is it?

More what the hell is it?

Flag tossing.

Flag tossing.

Proud couple.

Proud couple.

Hitching a ride.

Hitching a ride.

Dominatrix with cellphone pride.

Dominatrix with riding crop and cellphone pride.

Waving the flag of the Republic of China.

Waving the flag of the Republic of China.

Pucker up.

Pucker up.

That time of year to wear the rainbow kilt.

That time of year to wear the rainbow kilt.

What the hell is this now?

What the hell is this now?

No so basic black attire.

Not so basic black attire.

Statement cape.

Statement cape.

Riding in style.

Riding in style.

Marchers waving flags.

Marchers waving flags.

Gay dads and their wee one.

Gay dads and their wee one.

What you see is what you get: red headdress and stilt walkers.

What you see is what you get: red headdress and stilt walkers.

Japanese Kabuki fan pride.

Japanese Kabuki fan pride.

Novel way to wear football shoulder pads.

Novel way to wear football shoulder pads.

Pride hijinks.

Pride hijinks.

Dancing in the street.

Dancing in the street.

Seriously hitched.

Seriously hitched.

Pride and joy and iced tea.

Pride and joy and iced tea.

Proud couple.

Proud couple.

Then, when it was all over, Milton and I returned to our respective sanctum sanctorums. I began writing this post and he turned on the TV news where he saw who else, but us.

Bald guy and short woman to his right: Milton and me at Pride 2015.

Bald guy and short woman clad in black in center of frame: Milton and me at Pride 2015.

The Empire State Building celebrating Pride.

The Empire State Building celebrating Pride.

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88 responses to “Lame Adventure 465: Here comes the Pride

  1. Wow … Marvel’s Green Banana attended … very impressive. 😉 How long (time) is this parade?

    More importantly, cheers to the ruling!!!!! Did ever tell you that I worked with the plaintiff about 8 years ago?

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    • Green Banana, Frank! Is that character the same as the Green Lantern? I can’t keep up with any comic book action heroes beyond my personal favorite, Alfred E. Neuman.

      Cheers to the ruling is so true!!!!! No, I didn’t know that you worked with Jim Obergefell. How cool is that! Now, that guy really, truly is an action hero come to life. The New York Times has a wonderful documentary telling the story about the case. It’s an absorbing 13 minutes and 17 seconds if you have the time to tune in:

      http://nyti.ms/1QUbq5e

      Parade logistics: it started at noon (around 12:10-12:15 from where we were staked; we arrived at about eleven). We had planned to stay for the entirety, but after standing six and a half hours, my arthritic left knee was nearing its breaking point and my right foot kept falling asleep so much, for all intents and purposes, it had fully entered a coma. In addition, Milton, who suffered his own world of physical pain, was hungry as a bear and a brew. So was I. Even though the end point was nowhere to be seen five and a half hours after it began, we lifted anchor at 5:30 and retreated to a nearby Irish pub to rest and refuel. When we exited at 8:45 it was over by then and that was when I looked up at the beautifully lit Empire State Building.

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  2. Awesome^nth degree!

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  3. I was on Twitter when the Supreme Court Ruling was handed down. I couldn’t believe it! I was so stoked!
    Your pictures are fantastic like every year! I was just wondering what you wore when I saw your photou. How cool is that??

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    • Since Milton and I both keep our ball gowns, tiaras and white elbow gloves in storage, we settled for the usual, Susie: black tee shirts and moss color chinos for me and shorts for him.

      Great timing to be on Twitter! What a wonderful moment in history.

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  4. I love your Gay Pride Parade posts,V. So cool that you and Milton were on T.V.! It was a really good week for Supreme Court rulings – at least for us liberal folks. I’ve been missing you on the blogosphere – good to see you back! I gather from a post over on Frank’s site that you’re busy finding a new place to live. I hope that is going well. Take care, buddy!

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    • Thank you, Cathy and thanks for stopping by and commenting. The longer I write these Pride posts, the more time I spend on editing the images and the less on the captions and the text. The pictures really tell the story, especially this year.

      I’m working on finding a new nest. The Grind is moving very soon, too and I’m right there with Elspeth working on that. A lot of change is happening all at once in Lame Adventures-land. Then, I expect to once again settle into a new and hopefully, improved, rut … I mean, routine.

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  5. On behalf of my beautiful daughter and her wonderful partner I am so happy to see the Supreme Court has finally eliminated another obstacle to equal rights for all. And your photos of the parade- priceless!!

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    • Thank you, Dorothy! Milton and I were both elated that five of the nine justices voted on the right side of history … or is that the left? Five of them just got that decision spot on. I’m very glad that you support your daughter and her partner. I wish that my parents had lived long enough to see this day, but my surrogate parents, my siblings, Dovima and Axel, were thrilled. They both knew that Milton and I were going to be barnacles to Pride this Sunday.

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  6. Nice to read your post.

    (I think you missed one of the 1,100 of the photos. Perhaps the one with the lens cap still on? Just kidding. :))

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  7. Wow, would LOVE to have seen the parade. Feel sorry for the guy who fell. That sounds like something I would be SURE to do! But my favorite is the guy in the pride kilt! Who knew?

    Thanks so much for the email, V. Still trying to respond. Suffice it to say, DEFINITELY want to get together with you and Jackie! Unfortunately, Sara has to hold down the fort in Ecuador and won’t be going on the trip. But my Godmother will be very happy to meet you all!

    Thanks for sharing your photos!

    Hugs from Ecuador,
    Kathy

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    • Kathy, glad you enjoyed the photos. Yes, you would have been in your bliss at Pride. It’s over the top here in the Big Apple, and I am sure that it is equally wonderful in the place of my birth and formative years, San Francisco. I have a number of pictures of guys in skirts, but I liked that one best.

      Jackie and I have been conferring about hooking up with you. We’re psyched to see you and your pistol of a Godmother.

      Hugs from the Apple,
      V

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  8. Yay! You’re back! I had hoped the parade would be the catalyst to bring you back from your hiatus. Love your photos, as always. And the one of you and Milton, how cool is that? This has been some week for America. Finally.

    And Texas will eventually enter into the 21st century, despite Abbott’s, Patrick’s and Paxton’s temper tantrums. Travis county, where Austin (God bless ’em) is located, just ignored them all and started issuing marriage licenses right away. They issued over 300 since Friday. “We absolutely couldn’t be happier to welcome people to our office,” said Ronald Morgan, Travis County Clerk’s Office Chief Deputy Clerk. “We understand there are people who have waited for this day the better part of their lives.” How true.

    Welcome back, Virginia. You have been missed.

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    • Thanks Melissa! That’s so sweet of you. After that wonderful ruling on Friday, Milton and I, and I admit we had been waffling about attending, became obsessed with going. We absolutely had to be there to share in the celebration. Can you believe it: two middle aged lumps like us got on TV news! I suppose that it helped that we were parked next to an exuberant millennial with hot pink hair.

      Travis county sounds like it rocks!

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  9. It’s about time. Congratulations! And, you’re back, V., and I’m back. I’m glad on both counts. My computer has been down since the end of last Oct. Hopefully, I will have a new one (refurbished Mac Pro) in a week or two. Meanwhile, I’m using a notebook computer — no personal files, writing files or word processor, but at least I can get online.

    I’m going to share this post on my FB page: the events and writing worthy of being exposed to a wider audience (meaning the 3 or 4 who will actually see it on my page).

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    • Awwwwwww, Samantha, that’s so kind of you! Thank you for the years of support.

      You’re not kidding: that ruling was a long time coming, but up until a few years ago, I never thought it would be legal in my lifetime. Milton thinks that progress has been happening at warpspeed. I think that the history books will look kindly on the legacy of our current commander-in-chief. Milton and I sure love him.

      Congratulations on going Mac! Once you go Mac, you know the saying, you can’t go back. Whatever one might think of the company, Apple products to me are the best. They’re so well designed and easy to use.

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      • V., in a sense it does seem like this ruling has happened at warpspeed; yet when we look at the sheer numbers of LGBTs, obviously these individuals are not anomalies, so it should have come a long ago, were it not that the narrow minded are also not anomalies.

        As for my new (to me) Mac, my love for my previous (G4) and first Mac are just the reason it has taken me so long to get an upgraded one. All the upgrades on my G4 that Theo, my tech guy tried to make, were too advanced for my obsolete G4 to accommodate. He tried for weeks to make things work (it’s a long story, obviously), but couldn’t. So I found a Mac Pro at Mac of All Trades (where my G4 came from), and now Theo is supposedly rewriting software code so that the Mac Pro will accept my ancient software that seemingly has been unearthed from an archaeological dig. Macs are inscrutable, I’ve been told, when it comes to working on them, and that is why many prefer Windows, that anybody can break into. I personally find Wndows and I.E. annoying. Nevertheless, as you say, I refuse to go back. When this is all done, I will thank Theo even if it does thound like I’m lithping.

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        • I think that the more people know someone who is LGBT, the more accepting people are. At this stage it’s impossible to not know someone LGBT. We’re everywhere. The more familiar people are with LGBT people, the more obvious it is that we’re just as dull and ordinary as everyone else.

          I hope that Theo can work magic on your new, refurbished Mac!

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  10. Good to see you back to posting. The green guy reminds me of Gumby, but the one pulling the pony cart looks a lot more like a poodle than a horse. My niece said the other day that it looked like the skittles factory exploded on facebook – these photos rather have that look about them too. I wonder if skittles was one of the corporate sponsors – cuz it’s really a missed opportunity for them if they’re not.

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  11. Good to see you back! A day to remember, indeed. Love, like a beautiful rainbow, always needs to be seen. Wonderful photos 🙂

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  12. Glad to see you back!

    I’m glad that gay marriage has been legalized. Marriage has been a good thing for me, and I think it could be for other people as well. The bottom line is that the world is a better place when more people are happy.

    Selfishly, I’m also hoping that the supreme court’s decision sort of ushers homosexuality into the mainstream so that, like anything else, it can be made fun of again.

    Also, it was nice of you to throw a bone (ha!) to heterosexuals by including the pic of the fire-breasts woman. I clicked on that one!

    Also, does it make me sizeist that I think that super-charged dude is perfectly okay to run around like that but that Beardonna should put something on?

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    • Also, cool “news” shot. You make Milton look tall!

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      • How the hell Milton managed to catch that from the comfort of his post-Pride man-cave chair, his Barcalounger, stuns me. He had it on his DVR. He rewound the feed and then shot that still with his iPhone. He put as much effort putting that one still together as I did editing down our images to the sixty or so published in this post. Having had quite a conversation with your right elbow that day we walked down Columbus Avenue, you are well acquainted with my lack of physical stature. I make Topo Gigio seem like LeBron James.

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    • Smak, as usual, you and I are on the same page: I agree with you that commitment is both a good and healthy thing. It was such a relief that the highest court in the land did not stop progress. I don’t know if your snarky wish will come true in your lifetime, but it could go mainstream by the time your sons are my age.

      You don’t think the cone breasts are enough costume for the legendary Bearadonna? He’s a reliable marcher!

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  13. Fantastic parade coverage – as usual. You showed such restraint in dressing for the parade, rather the polar opposite of the dominatrix! Way to go!

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    • Thanks Terri and thank you for noticing. My personal thermostat runs so high, I gravitate more toward light-weight attire. Therefore, I avoid leaning in the direction of leather, whips and chains and I follow the fashion aesthetic of Larry David instead.

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  14. We all saw it coming but it was still kind of a shock, wasn’t it? The good kind, for once.

    China? Wha?

    Now I’ll recognize you if I see you at a theater. [Seeing ‘The Weir’ @ Irish Rep on Thursday. Saw ‘Happy Days’ at The Flea last week. Awful.]

    Sadly, I saw an article in The Times about how some gays are lamenting the demise of their ‘outsider’ status. They feel marriage just makes them more homogeneous. Really, people?! C’mon! Behind every silver lining, there’s a dark cloud.

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    • “We all saw it coming but it was still kind of a shock, wasn’t it?” You’ve sure got that right, Mark!

      We’re on the same page about the China flag waver, too. My cynic thinks in the land of his ancestors he might have ended up donating both kidneys for that act.

      Personally, neither Milton nor I have any plans to marry. At this stage, we’re both so set in our ways, our ideal husband or wife would have to be some extraordinary creature that I don’t think has ever been conceived, much less is in a fifteen year radius of our own age. Still, it’s comforting to know that the option is a reality throughout the country now. We like that. A lot.

      Something else we liked a lot is Helen Mirren in The Audience. She was terrific. We also saw Elevator Repair Service’s adaptation of The Sound and the Fury at the Public. For me, that book feels like an assault on my brain. Their adaptation felt the same. In other words: it really works. They are so ambitious! We’re seeing Shows for Days later this week at the Newhouse in Lincoln Center and next month, we’re going to be all over Annie Baker’s latest play, John, at the Signature. I saw The Flick twice. Do you like her work? I wish I could write like her!

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  15. I love all your pictures and especially the shot of you both on the news!

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    • Thank you, Lia. Back in the 80s and 90s I lived in mortal fear of being photographed at Pride and then risking my landlady or employer seeing the picture. Now, I think this is such a hoot. It’s wonderful and I love it.

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  16. Welcome back, V! Your timing could not have been better.

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  17. Great photos once again, LA… I love your ‘what the hell’ ones! Great ruling, things are on a roll now!
    And congratulations on making it onto the news! Result!
    Good to see you back.

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    • Thank you, Tom. The progress that has happened for LGBT people during the Obama administration has been extraordinary. We’re finally full citizens on this side of the pond.

      As for the ‘what the hell’ images, that’s what so many people around us were saying when those marchers appeared! There was quite a lot of levity at the celebration, too.

      I get such a kick out of Milton and me appearing on our local TV news. What a coup that his eagle eye recognized us!

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  18. I didn’t see how this week could be topped what with the ACA standing and marriage equality having a huge victory–then I saw you were back! AND with the gay pride parade complete with captions. AND you are a famous star on TV now.
    Yay.
    PS Hope you had a fabulous month off and are refreshed and rested and back for a while. (I tried to make that about you but there was a little bit about me right there at the end…..)

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    • Thank you, Sarah! I don’t think that Milton and I have quite yet entered the pantheon of other legendary figures of the small screen such as Ren and Stimpy, but we are trying, albeit unintentionally.

      Last week was a quite a week for our commander-in-chief and this ruling is just more icing on his legacy. Yay is right.

      It was more like two months off, but it’s been much more insanely busy than very restful. A lot is going on over here in Lame Adventures-land these days, some of it might even leak into a post or two. Time will tell.

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  19. Love is love and now all of us can really live that. What fashion statement did you make V? I’m curious about the temps. There had to be people sweating or freezing. I’ve never been a fan of leather in the summer, know what I’m saying? Nice to see you V and of course you and Milton would make the news. Tres chic, you.

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    • That’s very true about love, Brig. One of the poignant things about this ruling is that one of the plaintiffs, Jim Obergefell, was fighting to have his state, Ohio, recognize his out-of-state marriage so that his husband’s status would be recorded as married on his death certificate. How wonderful that the SUPCO voted in Jim’s favor but how sad that he couldn’t share it with his deceased husband, John.

      Weatherwise, it was a misty and cool Pride. People seemed more cold than hot, but many of the more scantily clad marchers did a lot of running down the route, so that very likely helped keep them warm. I even wore long sleeves and never broke a sweat once. That’s some kind of record for me these days. It definitely wasn’t leather weather for either of us. We don’t break those jackets out until fall.

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  20. Aww, Bearadonna’s back. Great photos! I love how the Empire State Building was lit in rainbow colors. I saw that the White House was similarly lit which was really cool.

    PS – Nice shot of you and Milton on the news!

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    • Beardonna is a regular marcher. He’s appeared in the pride post in years back. I am sure he is a scourge to that other donna, the one whose first name starts with “Ma”. More reason to love Bear!

      Milton and I were boht over the moon with how the White House was lit. Obama rocks!

      Isn’t that wild that we appeared on our local NBC newscast? Or maybe it’s just very Lame Adventure.

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  21. Congrats, Virginia!! I’m thrilled for you. Great photos. There’ so much to see. It must have been quite lively. And there you are on the news. How cool is that?! Good to see you out and about and celebrating this ruling. It’s about time. I hope we can just relax now and people can start living their lives.

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    • It was such an extraordinary ruling, Amy. Had it gone the other way, it would have been very bitter Pride indeed. Instead, it was a joyous and loud celebration. And yes, there we were, Milton and me, on local network news. We both got a huge kick out of that! I’m glad that you enjoyed the photos. We always over-shoot, but there were scores of super lousy ones to slog through. Back to Pride, I am all for relaxing and just living life.

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  22. My kid will never remember a time when Americans couldn’t marry whoever they wanted. This makes me really, really happy.

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  23. They had quite a parade in Fayetteville last weekend too, on a much smaller scale of course, but the euphoria level was just as high.
    My daughter married a woman four years ago yesterday (they drove to Iowa). Her wife dumped her for another woman about 2 1/2 years into the marriage. They were unable to divorce without moving back to Iowa for at least six months. After this ruling, many people are happy they can finally marry, but for Greta it’s an opportunity to legally dissolve a union gone bad.

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    • What Greta endured sounds extremely unfortunate, Russell. Looking back, had I married anyone I dated, I think I might have ended up divorced. I’m very happy that same-sex marriage is now the law of the land, but I’m not sure if I have what it takes to make that level of commitment at this stage in my decrepitude. I’m very set in my ways. If anything I’m married to my habits.

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  24. I agree with the comment that “We all saw it coming but it was still kind of a shock, wasn’t it? The good kind, for once.”

    I am now campaigning for combing the Gay Pride Parade with the Shriners’ Parade. That would produce some interesting outfits.

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  25. Glad to have you back. Missed you. I think you would make a great partner in life. Everyone has habits, most are good ones. Our weekend in NYC was very enjoyable as usual. You missed the PR day parade and BBQ fest in Madison Square Park while in Frisco, lol. That parade is really long. Good luck in apartment hunting.

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    • Pride is turning more and more into an endurance test, Tom. When Milton and I first started covering it for LA years ago, we were able to watch it from start to finish, but that’s impossible now. Maybe that’s a good thing that there are more marchers? Milton and I would sooner scuba dive in the polluted Hudson river naked than march. For the time being, I will be posting less. I have so much going on right now and my company is also in the midst of relocating. Yes, The Grind is moving and I will soon lose my easy peasy commute.

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  26. Ya’ll rock! Glad to see you back, fun to see the pics from NYC Pride Parade. Living in Dallas I have to tolerate the ignorance of our elected officials and their pronouncements. On the other hand, on Friday the first marriage license issued and the first marriage conducted was of two men who had waited 56 years to be married, the waiting period had been suspended so Friday in Dallas County was hoping!

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    • I think that it’s wonderful that those guys could finally legalize their union, Val, but who was harmed by their 56 years together? Many marchers carried signs reading, “Love is love.” It’s comforting to know that simple fact was not lost on five SUPCO justices.

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  27. I had a feeling they would rule this way, but there was some fear. So glad it turned out this way. It’s a wonderful feeling and very exciting times.

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    • Once Ireland voted for it, I remarked to Milton that we’ll look like a country on the wrong side of history if the ruling came in against it. I had fear, too. It all came down to Justice Kennedy’s swing vote. These are very progressive times. I’m glad I’m witness this while I can still stand relatively upright without drooling that much.

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  28. I love the “It is so ordered” poster. And that you and Milton made the news! So cute. Miss you.

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  29. Duuuuuuuude stopped by just to check on you and say hello and totally noticed you were back and had a special edition post! Love it. These pics are great everybody is totally celebrating and loving it! The stilt walkers are my favorites, very cool shots. But the ultimate shot! You and Milton on TV and Milton capturing that. How awesome was that? Good to hear from you bud.

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    • How Milton caught seeing us on TV just adds to his legend, Guat. It truly blows what’s left of my mind. Yes, that was indeed a special addition post. I hope to publish another again this month, but I’m in the process of going through major changes at both The Grind and in my home life. It’s a lot to handle simultaneously, but I hope to be really back at some point. It’s always great to hear from you, pal!

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  30. I’m sliding in, late as ever, but just had to say hello. It was a jubilant Pride day with such good reason. Yay! Finally! Loved your photos and had a good laugh when you and Milton ended up on tv. Go figure! Hugs to you!!!

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    • Awwwwwwwwwwww, thanks Patricia! It was a very special Pride this year. Had the ruling gone in the other direction, it would have been a very different atmosphere. And then Milton and I end up on the local news! That was quite a surprise!

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