To wrap up “Pride Month,” we thought some dudes kissing dudes would be nice. Honestly, with the new dictatorial powers of the supreme court threatening our right to love the one we love, it’s been difficult for us to celebrate. Just to be clear – we’re proud of who we are… of the ones we love… of our amazing kids… and wonderful friends (both in-person and on-line). We’re proud of the progress made by our gay brothers and sisters and we hope common sense and decency will manage to prevail. Love you all. David, Ben and the gang.

Gay fuckin’ pride!

Here’s a bit of what Wikipedia has to say about “gay pride”:
Pride parades (also known as pride marches, pride events, and pride festivals) are outdoor events celebrating lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, non-binary and queer (LGBTQ) social and self acceptance, achievements, legal rights, and pride. The events also at times serve as demonstrations for legal rights such as same-sex marriage. Most pride events occur annually, and some take place around June to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York City, a pivotal moment in modern LGBTQ social movements. The parades seek to create community and honor the history of the movement. In 1970, pride and protest marches were held in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, and San Francisco around the first anniversary of Stonewall. The events became annual and grew internationally. In 2019, New York and the world celebrated the largest international Pride celebration in history: Stonewall 50 – WorldPride NYC 2019, produced by Heritage of Pride commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, with five million attending in Manhattan alone.

Last night, we had Jim and Carol over for dinner. David made smoked brisket and grilled potatoes and Dub and I made a big salad and cooked carrots – fresh out of his (and Jim’s) garden. Carol brought a wonderful, light-as-air lemon cake. It was just the five of us and we had a wonderful evening. After Dub and Buzz went to bed, we were sitting outside smoking some pot and I said “Sometimes I feel bad because we don’t do anything to promote gay rights. I mean, gay people have been fighting for equality since the 1969 Stonewall riots – and none of us ever do anything like that.”
Carol looked me in the eyes and said “Bullshit. You guys have done more for gay rights than anyone else in the history of Southwest Missouri. You neither hide nor flaunt being gay and you’ve shown a whole lot of people you’re decent, honest, hard workers and good parents. Hell, everyone down here likes you, and you’ll never know how much you’ve done for local acceptance of gay people.”
I think it was one of the nicest things anyone has ever said about us.

It’s a “Friends Friday” Pride Month interracial mega-post.

Hey, guys. It’s Rick. Last week, I texted David and Ben asking if they’d like me to do a “Pride Month” post. David texted back “Of course.” Ben said “Absolutely.” I think this year with all the racial unrest in the Country, Pride Month” has a special meaning, and that’s what I’ve tried to capture with these pics.
As you know, Pride Month is celebrated in June each year. Here’s a quote from Wikipedia:
“The Stonewall Uprising of June 1969 was a series of spontaneous, violent demonstrations by members of the gay (LGBTQ) community in Greenwich Village, New York City. Patrons of the Stonewall Inn, gay street kids from the surrounding area, and members of the community who came from neighboring gay and lesbian bars, fought back against an early morning police raid, refusing to be arrested for simply patronizing a gay bar and being out in public. The Stonewall riots are widely considered to be the most important event leading to the gay liberation movement and the modern fight for LGBT rights in the United States.”
It’s taken more than fifty years for gays in America to achieve a decent amount of justice and equality – and much work remains to be done. None of the Northland gang members are old enough to have experienced the discrimination, ignorance and ugliness suffered by gay people fifty years ago. Hopefully, our kids will grow up in a World of even more justice and equality for gays, blacks, hispanics, american indians and other minorities. Cal often points out that our little group doesn’t live in the “real world” and, of course he’s right. In our Northland family, it makes absolutely no difference whether you’re white, black, ginger, hearing-impaired or anything else. Heck, we even treat Aussies like “real people” 🙂
Our hope is that all the recent demonstrations will someday result in true equality for gays, blacks and other minorities. We can, at least HOPE!
xoxo Rick and Keon