Observed at Pridefest
June 20, 2011 5 Comments
As a straight ally, I am uncomfortable offering critique of my city’s gay and lesbian celebration. However, I will provide some observations:
• At the electronic music tent, very young looking girls danced seductively on stage wearing tutus, pigtails, and holding lollipops. Several had dollar bills tucked into their waist bands. Other dancing girls had on leather, chains, and other bondage attire, also with dollar bills in their waist bands. There were some young looking dancing boys as well. My brother stated that they all looked about 9 years old, but they were probably much older.
• It was a lovely day in the park, with many happy people sitting under trees and sipping beer and water. An incredibly drunk man vomited in the grass next to them.
• A shirtless man walked by with the words “Girls kissing make me hard” written on his body.
• Enthusiastic people smiled and danced to old, well known tunes.
• Local businesses and corporations alike passed out rainbow stickers with their company brand, stating their support of gay rights (Walgreen’s stickers abounded).
• Straight allies were also in attendance, but were the minority. There were many couples of all kinds holding hands or relaxing on each other in the grass. It was hard to tell who is a straight ally and who was gay. We’re all human.
• Dogs with rainbow leashes received a lot of human love from all.
• Kids dressed up in rainbow barrettes and socks for the day.
• A pregnant woman grooved to the music.
• A Human Rights Campaign worker on the sidewalk asked passing folks to sign a petition.
• Outside the park, scores of individuals could be seen walking down the streets through town back to their cars in their celebratory attire.