Posts tagged ‘pride’
Ok, I’ve sorted through the pictures and decided which are my faves, so now I can BLOG it. lol
First thing that happened… a security guy with Pride was telling folks to move along. Something was going on, I think with EMS fellas.. and he was herding people along… he comes up to me and asks if I was taking pictures, I said no, not a one… if you know me… lol So he tells me to delete them!!! Ha ha ha… not on your life. Then I turned back and took a picture of HIM for good measure. lol
After that it was all fun! Except for… well, no, including nearly getting myself arrested. lol Some of the police still had on their stern faces, left over from the G20. It was a different atmosphere altogether from last year. I don’t think the crowds were as big, or as free spirited. There was a wariness in the air. That aside, I still had a blast. Or perhaps because of that. lol This one kept telling me to move back… until finally I told him I was 44 and made it this far all by myself – and I was pretty sure I had enough sense to move back when the vehicles passed. When he got really ratty with me I told him to go get his riot gear on and be a man…when he got on his radio I decided I should stop poking the bear and move along. Ha…see? I’m not dumb! lol
The manager of Java Jive, one of my fave hangouts – coffee shop – he did some singing and I just happened to catch the end of his show. The pix aren’t too great, but here he is anyway, ’cause he’s just lovely!!! 🙂
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And there were the usual wonderful costumes to see… just be thankful I’m not posting the peeny weenies. lol Men walking about naked… not sure what that has to do with expressing your sexuality except that you are an exhibitionist. lol
The washrooms – ack…don’t ask. This poor fella just came out of one and was washing his hands…you could smell them from quite far off. lol See? I’m giving you all the nitty gritty, the entire skinny – good and bad. lol I can assure you, the shirt did NOT help. Groan.
My most most most favorite part of Pride is the drummers. Terrato – from Montreal. And I was lucky to see them again!!! We had to run down Yonge Street, then Gerrard and back up Church to catch them, but catch them we did. lol Even spoke to Joe, the main leader guy. They didn’t play as long this year after the parade, only about a 20 minute thing. Last year they seemed to go on forever!! I think it was the heat, they mentioned already losing one band member to the heat and exhaustion. 😦
I have so much to say on pride, and some great pix… so I have to take my time and think about it all.
I’ll be back. 😉
Hello Friends and Neighbours:
South Riverdale Community Health Centre’s staff, volunteers, and Queer Action Committee (QUAC), in partnership with WoodGreen Community Services’ staff and volunteers are pleased to invite you to attend the 3rd annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual, 2-spirited, Queer, Questioning, and Intersex (LGBTT2QQI) PRIDE BBQ CELEBRATION!
THIS IS A QUEER POSITIVE & FREE EVENT FOR THE WHOLE COMMUNITY, INCLUDING LGBTT2QQI, FRIENDS, AND NEIGHBOURS.
We can promise all who join us a great party mix of MUSIC, ART, GAMES, FOOD and FUN, along with a RAFFLE featuring great prizes from a variety of local (and not so local) sponsors!
When: Thursday June 24th (Rain or Shine)
Time: 12 noon to 3pm
Where: South Riverdale Community Health Centre, West Yard
955 Queen Street East (just East of Carlaw Ave.)
Our celebration marks the 30th year that LGBTT2QQI PRIDE is being celebrated in Toronto. It has been 41 years since the Stonewall rebellion of June 28th – July 2nd, 1969, when a group of butch lesbians, transsexuals, and drag queens who were patrons of the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village, fought back in a courageous and defiant show of resistance against New York City cops who had raided the bar.
The Stonewall Riots have come to represent the first real show of resistance against systemic intolerance, persecution, and violence directed at queer and gender variant individuals, as well as the start of what was to become a world wide gay civil rights movement
Spread the word, and come join us in celebration of LGBTT2QQI Pride!