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.

Somewhere… over the rainbow…

We had planned to do a “rainbows” post to celebrate gay pride month… but now, it’s become a very sad time for the LGBT community. The incredible horrors that were the twin towers, Paris, Ft. Hood, Boston, San Bernardino and many others have now become a gruesome attack on gays in Orlando. It’s a horrendous thing and we grieve for the victims and their families, friends and loved ones.
Ben, Dub and I spend our lives in this happy, comfortable little cocoon here in the Kansas City Northland, and it’s easy (or maybe just convenient) to forget about all the hatred and ugliness in the world. While we’ve been accepted and befriended by most people in our area – and the Obama administration and Supreme court have made it easier to be gay in America – we know there are still untold thousands (if not millions) of narrow-minded, bigoted people who own guns, hate gays and wish us harm. Right now, it’s mostly a very few mis-guided Muslims inflicting pain and suffering on the World… but God help us if Donald Trump should be elected President.