Tina and I were out of town during this year’s Gay Pride Parade. This was the first time it started right in our neighborhood, and the photos from Time Out Chicago are mainly in our ‘hood.
So check out Max Herman‘s photos from Time Out Chicago found here.
I experienced my first gay pride parade back in 2000 when I moved here. I video taped it, and made a music video out of the footage.
I remember being shocked. But then there was mental expansion. I knew I was meant to be in a city after visiting here. But then to see just how accepting city folk are of different ideas and lifestyles, I had to say, “See you later, small towns and small minds.”
The best thing about the parade is how unifying it is. Everyone is at the parade, families, churches to partying teens.
You get a lot of churches in the parade showing off how accepting they are which is a welcome difference to the parts of this country who are hung up on biblical nonsense.
I personally don’t think you can reconcile the biblical view with reality. But there are people who absolutely need the idea of a higher power loving them, and, in a weird way, I’m thankful that these churches exist for them.
Last night we had dinner with a couple whom I marched with in a protest a few years ago hoping for equal rights for gay couples. And there is absolutely no way that hell exists when two people like Jay and Miles are a hospitable, kind and cool as they are.
Shame on him or her who looks down on a couple, who have been together just as long as Tina and me.
And by looks down, I mean he or she says shit like, “Love the sinner hate the sin.” Or whatever your church told you to say.
Don’t say that anymore.