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Monday, June 27, 2011

Gay Pride Month

I have nothing in the book realm today. Well, I've been submersing myself in the fictional world the last few days as a way to avoid dealing with the real world (healthier than crack and vodka I suppose), but I came across a few pics of Pride Parades around the world really so thought I'd post some that caught my eye.

Gay partners Mike McDonald (L) and Joey Infante (R) during the New York City gay pride march
Gay partners Mike McDonald (L) and Joey Infante (R) during the New York City gay pride march. The New York state legislature voted June 24 to become the sixth state in the US to legalize same-sex marriage. The New York city couple have been together for 31 years

A storm trooper supports gay rights during the 2011 Gay Pride Parade in Manhattan. (Love it)

OMG. So cute. In a little baby carrier. LOL

 A massive rainbow fro in NY.

A participant runs under a rainbow flag during a gay pride parade in central Istanbul June 26, 2011.

Christopher Goeken, left, his partner Glenn Magpantay, right, and their son Malcolm Magpantay, 4, from the Queens borough of New York, smile before the start of the Gay Pride Parade, Sunday, June 26, 2011, in New York. Goeken and Magpantay have been together for 18 years.

Revellers take part in a gay pride parade in San Salvador June 25, 2011.

Revellers pose for a photograph during a gay pride parade in Mexico City June 25, 2011. Thousands of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) rights activists participated in the annual parade.

San Francisco 2011. Seriously tie-dye chaps. How cool is that?

San Francisco again.

People carry a rainbow flag during the 15th Gay Pride Parade in Avenida Paulista in Sao Paulo June 26, 2011. More than 3 million LGBTs (lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders) took part in the annual Sao Paulo Gay Pride Parade, making it the world's largest gay pride march, according to Brazilian tourism authorities. (3 million! Ack!)

Men kiss in the Place de la Bastille in Paris as they attend the 10th Gay Pride parade in Paris June 25, 2011.

The Windy City Cowboys perform on Halsted Street during the annual Gay Pride Parade in Lakeview. (Chicago)
Armand Collins and Rich White, from left, both of South Bend, carry a flag with members of American Veterans for Equal Rights on Halsted Street during the annual Gay Pride Parade in Lakeview.
Demonstrators attend the Europride gay rights march in Rome, Saturday, June 11, 2011. The Europride parade, held every year in a different European city, ends Saturday evening in Circus Maximus, a grassy field where ancient Romans would gather for entertainment, where Lady Gaga is expected to sing "Born This Way".
Looks very cool to see the rainbow flags in front of something as ancient as the Colliseum.

Many Canadian celebrations are later in the summer. Although Toronto is this coming weekend. My city has it at the end of August and I know Montreal and Vancouver celebrate in July. I believe London is this coming weekend as well.

For those of you who attended your parades, hope you had fun. I'm looking forward to ours later in the summer.


Chris said...

Thanks for sharing the pictures, Tam! Our Pride parade was yesterday and I managed to miss it completely, just due to being in the wrong places at the wrong times. D'oh!

Some photos of the event:



Average Reader said...

Awesome photos, Tam! I was like Chris -- I missed ours completely because I was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Now my husband, however, got caught up in it because he was driving across town trying to get to his haircut appointment and had to detour because of the parade. He said it looked great, like Mardi Gras all over again!

Tam said...

Thanks for sharing Chris. That j-pride was pretty funny. "from the people who brought you the rainbow". LOL

We missed last year's parade Val because my daughter had to be at camp. But this year we'll be around so will be sure to take it in.

Chris said...

When you consider that the population of Minneapolis is about 382,000 (although the metro area, including St Paul and suburbs is ~3.5 million), having over 100,000 people attending a parade is significant. :)

wren boudreau said...

Loved the photos, especially the Storm Trooper. And the flourescently dressed guys!

Did you hear that in Chicago the pride floats' tires were slashed? Stupid (but the parade did go on) http://www.advocate.com/News/Daily_News/2011/06/27/The_Good_and_the_Bad_of_Chicago_Pride/

Tam said...

I loved the storm trooper too. So ugh about the tires. Do people really think they can make gay people go away or what? Well, I guess they want them to stay invisible so they can pretend the world is the same as in 1950 when no gay people existed. *gag*

Tam said...

That is a lot Chris. If only the people in charge of your legislature (?) would get with the program and realize how people are supportive.

Jenre said...

Yay! Great pictures Tam. You really get a flavour of the different parades from around the world. Thanks for that :).

K. Z. Snow said...

Lovely. Just lovely. Makes me wish I didn't live so damned far from everything.

Thanks for the pix, Tam. They buoyed my spirits.

Tam said...

Thanks Jen. It was cool to search for parades world-wide.

You're welcome KZ. It is frustrating to live so far in the boondocks sometimes. Other times a perfect choice. :-)