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Boston Pride Parade Debrief

“Wow, there sure were a lot of banks there.”

“Yeah, but I’m not sure that’s a bad thing.  I mean, I remember when there weren’t banks there, and it wasn’t because they respected our space.”

“They really drowned out some of the community organizations, though.  Like the rape crisis center looked boring because they couldn’t afford to decorate a giant float with a sound system and dancers.”

“There weren’t a lot of gyrating half-naked men there.  I wonder if that’s because of the banks and other corporations.  Like they’ll be associated with our rainbows, but not the sex part of our sexuality.”

“Is our sexuality all about gyrating half-naked men?”

“It is partly about gyrating half-naked men.”

“Nobody in the parade was handing out condoms, either.  That was weird.  First Pride I’ve been to with no condoms.”

“I guess it’s the influence from the banks again.  They want to keep things family-friendly.”

“AIDS is family-friendly?!?!!?”

“There was good stuff too though.  Way more trans representation than in previous years.  Bi, pan, and ace people too.”

“Yeah, I realized I have the same haircut as every other trans man on Earth.”

“…You really do.”

“And there was a lot of, I don’t know, just a lot of joy and realizing how many of us there are and how many people support us.  That’s kind of a big deal.  There’s a lot to criticize too, but I worry some of the criticism isn’t moving us towards a better Pride but just staying home and quiet like it’s 1953.”

“Where do you draw your line, though?  If it’s just all banks and rainbows, is it really making a difference anymore?  The only message that endorses is the status quo of ‘gay people: I guess we’ll let them exist!’”

“I don’t know.  It’s not all banks yet.  I knew so many people there!  It was like a family reunion.  Gives me warm fuzzies.”

“It’s definitely changed a lot recently. There wasn’t even one ‘Jesus hates buttsex’ creep there!  About eight hundred UU churches marching though.”

“At the end of the day, I just really appreciate that there’s a day we get to declare who we are and dance in the street.  Like there’s a lot to talk about but there’s also a lot of power and joy in just that we don’t have to hide who we are.  We can come out and dance.”

“And TD Bank® Dances With You™.”

First Street
  • For some reason I have 4 posters of ToppDogg's First Street when I came back from Korea but instead of giving them away, would it be more fun to do a little cover comp of Rainy Day?
  • I need to check but it looks like the 2 poster versions of their Rainy Day promotions.
  • One of the dance instructors I learnt from in Korea is the choreographer of Rainy Day and I think it would be awesome to flood the interwebs with ToppDogg.
  • Wouldn't it be nice for the boys to see their dance covered everywhere before their next comeback? Just an idea? What do ToppKlass in general think?