On Sunday I went to the Pride parade in NYC, what has become a yearly tradition for me. It runs right down 5th avenue, so you can imagine what it does to traffic. Then again, that’s what parades do.
I went with a bunch of friends, and we always set up in the same spot, right in front of Madison Square Park (no, it’s not by the stadium. Madison Square Garden used to be by the park, but they moved a few times. It’s now above Penn Station). We got there early so that we could be in the front row. As usual, it’s worth it.
I’m different, and I know that a lot of my readers are the same way. Maybe you had a rough time in school: didn’t fit in, were bullied, or just ignored like a shadow on the wall. I know that many of my followers are LGBT. Although I suffered the weirdness of being…well…me, I can’t even imagine what it must be like for them. Imagine your entire identity as contrary to the harsh rules of teen society, where any deviation got you torn to shreds physically or emotionally.
There’s never been anything on TV that focused on growing up LGBT. But there is one project that might change that. It’s called True Colors, and it needs your help.
I’m so excited! I’m going to the Gay Pride Parade for the first time tomorrow. It’s gonna be FABuloussssssss!!!
I can’t help but think how much Val would’ve loved this (though I bet she used to go all the time back in the day). I would’ve loved to make this a tradition for us. Sigh. I’ll be sure to catch some beads for her.
Next time I go to the city, I need to hit up the Big Gay Ice Cream store/truck.
Holy shit, if you thought the song was powerful, take a look at this amazing video. I’m still stunned, so stunned that I had to blog about it.
Yes, I realize that I’m late to the party, but it only recently started getting air play in the USA.
Words don’t usually fail me, but anything I say about this video will only take away from it.
As I’ve mentioned here before (I think), Valerie used to collect action figures. Sometimes she would pose them in naughty positions, but hey, who didn’t? I inherited her action figures, and as a tribute to her, they are all making sweet sweet love down by the metaphorical fire.
She also made this incredible youtube series using her action figures called “Gay Action Figure Theater.” It’s stars Buffy, Rogue, My Chemical Romance, Pete Wentz, Batman, and Oscar Wilde, among others. Not only is it brilliantly witty and charming, it does a pretty good job of capturing who Valerie was (especially the rant at the end of part 2).
I love this so much and I wanted to share it with you. Feel free to share it with the ones you love too. And hug them, don’t forget to hug them.