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Monday, June 26, 2006

I was *IN* the parade!

Marching in the San Francisco Gay Pride Parade
with the Gayglers and a bunch of interns
(yes, that's me on the left holding the Google sign)


Front of the Google shirts


Back of the Google shirts
(instead of the usual "I'm feeling lucky")


Another cause I feel strongly about


More Pictures


Adam: I'm in the Gay Pride Parade.
Adam's Mom: What? Are you like selling tickets?
Adam: No, I'm in the parade.

I was so bad at it that I couldn't subject any more of them to it.

  -- Mark on why he was walking in the parade

That's too bad because you're cute.

  -- said both to and by me

I'm not gay, but my boyfriend is.

  -- Someone's t-shirt

I marched IN the parade! Not along side of it taking pictures. IN the parade! My first time at one of these and I was in the parade (also the first time I was in a parade)! San Francisco of all places as well (like one of the biggest, if not the biggest). In fact, I was the parade!

It was a lot of fun! It was amazing to have the crowd cheering throughout the whole parade. A lot of people were screaming that they loved Google :). We got Google blinky pins to hand out, and while they're pretty crappy, it was fun handing them out to the crowd. I even held the Google sign for a bit of the parade :)

The crowd was tamer than I had imagined. I didn't even see any nudity. We saw some Google interns on the side at one point and we tried to drag them into the parade, but they refused. They just didn't have enough pride!

Afterwards, we went to Civic Centre where there were booths and tons of people. I heard Jennifer Beals (from The "L" Word) talk on stage, which was cool. We later walked a while to Hayes and Octavia for a drink and some good burgers. Jon finally caught up with us there. Then, we went to Castro (the Gay district) and went to a lounge and then a Gay bar, The Café. Michele and Jenny finally met up with us there. First time at a gay bar and it was a lot of fun. Having women watch guys using the trough was an experience. And apparently some women were using the trough as well! We made it back on the last Caltrain - 9:00 pm, which is way too early. It's awesome that my place is RIGHT at the Caltrain station.

And in case you're wondering, I'm not. Not that there's anything wrong with it! I'm fully comfortable and confident about my sexuality and I was there to support pride.

Yes, that's glitter on my arm
(there was more before)

1 Comment:

Don Spark said...

THE WORLD CAN'T WAIT - DRIVE OUT THE BUSH REGIME! was proud to march with everyone for LGTB Pride, equality and resistance against bigotry - and fun too! Great to see the Google contingent with the Google rainbow logo. Thanks for the support on your blog today.

We are headed into dangerous times with the fascistic war-mongering Bush regime. There is not a single front where the movement is winning. THE WORLD CAN'T WAIT - DRIVE OUT THE BUSH REGIME! was launched Nov2, 2005 to build the the kind of unity necessary to make this stop before it's gone too far. "We need more than fighting Bush's outrages one at a time, constantly losing ground to the whole onslaught. We must, and can, aim to create a political situation where the Bush regime's program is repudiated, where Bush himself is driven from office, and where the whole direction he has been taking society is reversed." -the call

-In an email to her family shortly before she was killed, Rachel wrote about the callous Israeli disregard for Palestinian life and concluded, “This has to stop. I think it is a good idea for us all to drop everything and devote our lives to making this stop. I don't think it's an extremist thing to do anymore. I still really want to dance around to Pat Benatar and have boyfriends and make comics for my coworkers. But I also want this to stop. Disbelief and horror is what I feel. Disappointment. I am disappointed that this is the base reality of our world and that we, in fact, participate in it.”

It's time to get down with The World Can't Wait! Drop me a line.

donspark (at) worldcantwait.org

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