Jason Howard Green

Jason Howard Green

Monday, April 20, 2009

Unforgettable Pride Moments - Number One

I love me some gay pride. I'm talking about "and I am telling you I'm not going" kinda love. My first gay pride ever was in Birmingham, AL. That was interesting. There were only a few hundred people. There was a parade and festivities at a park (like most gay prides). But what was funny was there were camera crews there and it was fun the see some of the guys in the parade trying to dodge the journalists. They were proud enough to walk in the parade but afraid of being outed on the news.

That moment was life changing for me. Sure there were some that were slightly closeted, but for the most part I was surrounded by people that were out, proud and unashamed of who they were. It was fabulous. So now I'm a pride junkie. Be it gay pride or black gay pride - it's all good.

As diverse as the LGBT community is, Pride is that occasion where we put aside our differences as celebrate as a unified group. Even though sometimes it seems that Pride weekend is THE only time were united, I will continue to cherish the reconnecting with old friends, the meeting of new friends, the parade, the dancing, the performers, the food, and the drinks. Yes, it is still important for us to be proud 365 days of the year. But I will always have partying at pride as the most fabulous moments of celebration within the LGBT community.
Please check out video from Phoenix 2009 Gay Pride. Hope you enjoy.

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