Baton Rouge Pride Fest is this Saturday! I went last year and I gotta admit, I thought it was just okay. It’s not a hoot, it’s not a riot. It’s very calm and contained and nice. It’s missing that party factor that other city’s pride fests have, which I think is the biggest draw for homos my age (20s). But let me stop complaining and be grateful that we have something in this city that’s celebrating homosexuality.
My friends at Noelie Harmon have given me a really big reason to be excited about the BR Pride fest though. They decorated a few pairs of TOMS shoes with homo-friendly designs and – lucky me! – gave me a pair and asked me to sport them on Saturday!
In other news,
I’m reallly considering switching from WordPress to Tumblr so that I can easily re-post brilliant things I find there, such as this quotation via this girl that I’m kinda obsessed with that I don’t even know but I love her mind:
“ASK YOURSELF WHAT YOU ARE WORRIED ABOUT IF SAME-SEX MARRIAGE IS LEGALIZED. WHATEVER YOUR ANSWER IS, ASK YOURSELF IF YOU REALLY BELIEVE WHAT YOU JUST CAME UP WITH. HOMOSEXUALITY IS NOT GOING TO SPREAD. IT IS NOT COMMUNICABLE. SOCIETY IS NOT GOING TO TURN INTO A LADY GAGA VIDEO. MOST GAY COUPLES I KNOW ARE JUST AS BORING AS YOU AND I. THEY SIT ON THE COUCH AND WATCH TELEVISION. THEY WORK AT THE POST OFFICE, THE HOSPITAL, THE GROCERY STORE, AND AT REAL ESTATE AGENCIES, JUST LIKE HETEROSEXUALS DO. THEY EAT OUT AT RESTAURANTS AND SHOP AT TARGET. MANY HAVE POT BELLIES AND DON’T HAVE MUCH FASHION SENSE, JUST LIKE ME. THEY OWN PETS, AND GO TO CHURCH. THEY VOLUNTEER, SING CHRISTMAS CAROLS, AND BUY GIRL SCOUT COOKIES. WHAT ARE YOU AFRAID OF? WHAT IS GOING TO CHANGE BY ALLOWING THESE PEOPLE TO COMMIT TO ONE ANOTHER AND ENJOY THE BENEFITS THAT YOU AND I ENJOY: TAX BREAKS, INSURANCE BREAKS, BEREAVEMENT LEAVE, MEDICAL LEAVE TO CARE FOR A SICK PARTNER, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PROTECTION, VISITATION OF PARTNER IN THE HOSPITAL, BURIAL DETERMINATION, MEDICAL DECISIONS ON BEHALF OF PARTNER. REALLY SEXY STUFF. YOU AND I TAKE THESE THINGS FOR GRANTED. NOBODY WANTS TO GO THROUGH LIFE NOT KNOWING HOW THEY WILL DEAL WITH SOME OF THESE DIFFICULT MOMENTS IN LIFE. IMAGINE IF YOU WERE DENIED ANY OF THE ABOVE RIGHTS WHEN THE TIME CAME FOR YOU AND YOUR SPOUSE TO EXERCISE THAT RIGHT? I’LL TELL YOU WHAT IT WOULD FEEL LIKE. IT WOULD FEEL LIKE YOU WERE A SECOND-CLASS CITIZEN.”—
Why A Heterosexual, Married, North Carolinian Father Of Three Cares About LGBT Equality (via hyperbeam)