So, I went to my first Pride celebration on Saturday and I have to say…I loved every second.
I loved the atmosphere…everyone was in a good mood, people I’d never met walking up and asking if I was having a good time. If something needed to be done, people rushed from everywhere to help. And it was wonderful to be amongst a group of people who were happy to be allowed to be themselves without having to worry what others thought, at least for a while.
I hope someday it’s like that all the time.
As I walked around, I was enchanted by the costumes and awed by the drag queens. How they were able to walk the parade route in 6 inch heels and in full drag is beyond me. They have my admiration for their determination and their willingness to suffer for the chance to show their Pride. I could have hugged every one of them.
I think having to go alone was probably a good thing for my first time. I got to concentrate on what was going on around me and I could feel free to talk to the people manning the information booths without having to worry that I was neglecting my companion.
One of the reasons I went was to see if it would be worth it to set up a booth to promote not only my books, but all the books that my Dreamspinner puts out. A lot of people seemed interested and that made me happy. One of the most popular topics I covered with people was Dreamspinner’s “Harmony Ink Press”. The people I talked to loved the idea of books that were geared toward teens and young adults, giving them somewhere to look for stories they could better relate to.
I will have to look into what it would cost but I think it might be worthwhile.
And the booths that I visited were wonderful. There was so much information that a person could have over-loaded if they weren’t careful. You could get information on HIV and that was next to a booth promoting Camp Firefly. Camp Firefly is a summer camp for LGBT youths and I think it’s an amazing idea. There was a booth for ARGRA, the Alberta Rockies Gay Rodeo Association, and one recruiting people to join the police force.
And there was more rainbow merchandise than I could ever have imagined, including one selling “anatomical” themed candy. That was a popular booth.
But my favorite thing about Pride was all the smiles. Everyone was so happy to be there and it felt like everyone was part of one big family. It was a humbling experience and I can’t wait to go next year. My daughter really wants to come with me and I think I will take her. It would be fun to share it with her.
It was also a very inspirational experience for me and I can see myself incorporating a Pride celebration into a story in the near future.
And now for a fic rec. “A Purrfect Match” by Chris T. Kat is a wonderful shifter story that shows how love can change your heart and your life. I fell in love with Jim and Andrew and Chris’s portrayal of Tony, a little boy who proves how accepting children can be, will steal your heart. Check out “A Purrfect Match” and all of Chris T. Kat’s other amazing stories at Dreamspinner, it’s a story that’s sure to leave you with a smile.