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

“BE PROUD, MY FRIENDS. BE VERY PROUD !!!!

On Friday, our friend “Denny” commented, saying:
“BE PROUD, MY FRIENDS. BE VERY PROUD !!!!
Today, June 24, 2016, President Obama designated the area around The Stonewall Inn in Manhattan, New York City, as the nation’s first National Monument to LGBT rights.
The Stonewall National Monument is the newest addition to America’s national parks system.
The Monument encompasses Christopher Park, the Stonewall Inn and the surrounding streets and sidewalks that were the sites of the June 28, 1969 Stonewall uprising.
THANK YOU, PRESIDENT OBAMA !!!”
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Thank you, Mr. President, indeed. And “thank you” to the Stonewall rioters and to the hundreds of thousands of others who have worked so hard to build the LGBT movement and move our society toward equality.
Also, today, June 26th is the one-year anniversary of the Supreme Court’s monumental ruling making gay marriage legal in all 50 states.
While discrimination against the LGBT community obviously still exists, the Country has come a long way toward equality.
For any of our URD family members who may not be familiar with the Stonewall riots, here’s a brief description:
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Stonewall Riots: The Beginning of the LGBT Movement:
This Sunday, June 28, will mark the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, the event largely regarded as a catalyst for the LGBT movement for civil rights in the United States. The riots inspired LGBT people throughout the country to organize in support of gay rights, and within two years after the riots, gay rights groups had been started in nearly every major city in the United States.
At the time, there were not many places where people could be openly gay. New York had laws prohibiting homosexuality in public, and private businesses and gay establishments were regularly raided and shut down.
In the early hours of June 28, 1969, a group of gay customers at a popular gay bar in Greenwich Village called the Stonewall Inn, who had grown angry at the harassment by police, took a stand and a riot broke out. As word spread throughout the city about the demonstration, the customers of the inn were soon joined by other gay men and women who started throwing objects at the policemen, shouting “gay power.”
Police reinforcements arrived and beat the crowd away, but the next night, the crowd returned, even larger than the night before, with numbers reaching over 1000. For hours, protesters rioted outside the Stonewall Inn until the police sent a riot-control squad to disperse the crowd. For days following, demonstrations of varying intensity took place throughout the city.
In the wake of the riots, intense discussions about civil rights were held among New York’s LGBT people, which led to the formation of various advocacy groups such as the short-lived Gay Liberation Front, which was the first group to use the word “gay” in its name, and a city-wide newspaper called Gay. On the 1st anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, the first gay pride parades in U.S. history took place in Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, and near the Stonewall Inn in New York.
The Stonewall riots inspired LGBT people throughout the country to organize in support of gay rights, and within two years after the riots, gay rights groups had been started in nearly every major city in the United States.
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As Denny said… “”BE PROUD, MY FRIENDS. BE VERY PROUD !!!!