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sovay ([personal profile] sovay) wrote2017-06-10 08:15 pm

Let's make forever in one moment

So I started my day with the Wachowskis' Bound (1996)—which I will write about, although I might need to sleep more than two hours first—and continued it by attending Pride with a work colleague of [personal profile] spatch's and meeting up with her best friend and his boyfriend and eventually a third mutual friend of theirs at the parade. City Hall Plaza was a glorious zoo of flags and signs and face paint and people of various ages, genders, ethnicities, abilities,1 orientations, and degrees of clothing. Thanks to him sending a picture of his immediate surroundings, i.e., taller people, we located the best friend right around the time the contingent from MSPCA-Angell followed by the Boston Hoohahs came through. (I had not been warned that he looked distractingly like a young Timothy Spall. I made it very clear that this was a compliment.) There was a lot of noise and confetti. I came out of it with a pair of rainbow sunglasses, a very large rainbow tote bag, and a triple string of beads in the colors of the bi flag which I will probably hang next to my delegate's pass from the Democratic State Convention. Twice we thought the parade was over and we were wrong both times; we finally left in search of frozen yogurt somewhere after Capital One. I was very glad not to miss the Boston chapter of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, whom I will always cherish for canonizing Derek Jarman. I hadn't even known there was a Boston Gay Basketball League. The float for the Orlando Pulse survivors—its flags bearing the names of the dead—raised an earthquake of support. I left the house without a camera and got no pictures of anyone, but I would say it was a joyous afternoon. I spent most of my time applauding. I really didn't need to have brought a jacket. This may have been the first community/political event I've attended since the beginning of the year at which I did not run into anyone I knew already and I think that is kind of wonderful. I was at ease with strangers. There was a giant rainbow flag hung out at City Hall.

1. I saw people with canes and people with wheelchairs, but the pair of people conversing in ASL without disruption from all the cheering and music had clearly won communicating in a crowd.
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[personal profile] moon_custafer 2017-06-11 12:55 am (UTC)(link)
Bound is an excellent film about lesbians!
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[personal profile] gwynnega 2017-06-11 08:43 pm (UTC)(link)
Susie Bright was a consultant on the film, and she was justifiably proud of the scenes' authenticity.
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[personal profile] alexxkay 2017-06-12 04:09 am (UTC)(link)
Thanks for that link!
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[personal profile] sartorias 2017-06-11 01:12 am (UTC)(link)
Heh! My son, right now, is attending a huge gathering of Deaf, of which there is supposed to be a Pride component. I bet there is a gigantic crowd right now, utterly silent, except for the rustle of clothing and shifting of feet on the floor or chairs squeaking.
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[personal profile] lauradi7dw 2017-06-11 02:40 am (UTC)(link)
A hearing friend who attended Gallaudet decades ago said that she could not study in the library because of the noise level - chairs, as you said, and people banging things on tables and whatever else. Nobody was making an effort to be quiet.
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[personal profile] choco_frosh 2017-06-11 01:46 am (UTC)(link)
I'm pretty sure I saw Ed Markey there, which was pretty awesome.

< google image search >

Yeah, confirmed. Just chatting with some bunch of campaigners.

Also, fun fact: the Senator does not appear to have significantly changed his hairdo since 1975, despite his hair's own best efforts.
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[personal profile] choco_frosh 2017-06-11 01:51 am (UTC)(link)
I wasn't: I just took a stroll through government center on my way from post-practice lunch to go measure a bell part that needs replacing at Church of the Advent.
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[personal profile] choco_frosh 2017-06-11 02:27 am (UTC)(link)
Likewise! Sadly, my phone was dead, so I couldn't text you to ask if you were there.
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[personal profile] lauradi7dw 2017-06-11 02:45 am (UTC)(link)
I was very near both of you, although possibly for longer, as I skipped the lunch to get there sooner. There were many politicians. Maura Healey, rather than just waving, was rushing down our side of the street high-fiving people who reached over the barricades.
I expected banks and such, but was pleased that an auto parts establishment also had a parade contingent.
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[personal profile] redbird 2017-06-11 11:35 am (UTC)(link)
Thanks for the post. I'd have liked to get there, but my knee combined with the bright sunshine said no (after I did the Dyke March Friday, and decided my garden needed attention Saturday morning).
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[personal profile] redbird 2017-06-11 09:05 pm (UTC)(link)
It seems to be fine with walking on flat surfaces (mostly on the Minuteman Bikeway) and tolerated going down and back up stairs, but is still a bit stiff. I thought soaking it in a hot bath might help, but our tub isn't quite deep enough to immerse the knee in a position that was otherwise comfortable. (Yes, I took a hot bath this morning. At about 8:30, when it was still cool.)
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[personal profile] cmcmck 2017-06-11 12:04 pm (UTC)(link)
It sounds like a good day to me! :o)
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[personal profile] heliopausa 2017-06-12 03:12 am (UTC)(link)
...the first community/political event I've attended since the beginning of the year at which I did not run into anyone I knew already...

Oh, that's marvellous! It is good to see friends at these things, but it's just great when there's an unexpected flooding-in of new friends and fellow-travellers.
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[personal profile] gaudior 2017-06-13 03:28 pm (UTC)(link)
That sounds AWESOME.

I swear to all the gods, at some point I will be neither out of town, sick, nor busy for Boston Pride.