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Apr. 10th, 2006 05:44 pm
drewan: (Sunny Couple)

A thought just came to my head as I was reading about the same-sex couples and their families that will be attending the annual White House easter Egg Roll next Monday.

In the article they mention that the families will be distinguished by rainbow leis. "Family Pride on its Web sites says gay family participations is not a protest. "This is a celebration of our families," it says. "We want to give our fellow citizens the opportunity to see us as real families...""

I really like this silent expression of the existence of same sex parents and their families.

While it has worked in our favor through out history, allowing us to avoid wide spread extermination in more conservative times, our ability to blend into the general society means that we can be ignored if we do not call attention to ourselves. Our sexual/affectional preferences do not automatically make themselves visible on our skin or general appearance.

That is why I choose to have a rainbow flag on my car, or wear a pink triangle on my jacket, or display a HRC equals symbol in by work cube. I'm not rubbing anyones face in my sexuality. Just as it is no business of mine what others do in private, they have no business in my life either. I am simply refusing to be invisible.

drewan: (Space Invaders - Hulk)
Looks like Chrysler is getting a little heat for their "Too Tough" ad, the one with the fairy flying around making everything cute... except it doesn't work on the new Dodge Caliber. The poor fairy gets thrown against a wall, where a passing tough guy walking his dog utters "Silly little fairy!". In frustration she turns him into a preppy guy walking a couple miniature dogs. Basically... to me, the fairy turned the punk into a fairy.

I can see why this might be taken by some as bad... but I really laughed when I first saw the commercial.

[Click here to view the commercial video on Youtube.com]
drewan: (Default)
I've posted my Pride 2005 pictures into Fotki.

This is my sixth year of Pride pictures posted to Fotki. I think I want to do a collage of People at Pride pictures.

Pride was a lot of fun this year. Leather Pride overlaps with the Twin Cities Pride festival, so I got to spend a lot of my time this past week at Leather Pride events. Then on Saturday Joe and I spend some time in the park together before I staffed the Leather Pride booth for a few hours. After that we connected with several couples from the Couples Twin Cities group and went out for dinner at Newsroom.

My only significant purchase this year (besides having to buy those damned food/drink tickets!!!) was my first Utilikilt. I purchased a tan khaki modified-Mocker, which has the addition of side snap on pockets, similar to the Workman's style. I don't have any pictures of me in my Utilikilt yet, but I'll get some soon. I'd been wanting to get a Utilikilt for a while now, and I'd been browsing their website trying to figure out which one to get. I was very happily surprised to see them at Pride, since I'd forgotten they were there last year (Joe reminded me of this later).  

I wore it all of Saturday after buying it, since it was comfortable on a very hot day. My only problem occurred after dinner, when I started the chafe a bit. As a result I left the Utilikilt at home on Sunday. I definitely love the kilt though, and now I'm debating bring it to Gaylaxicon next weekend or not.

On Saturday, when we went into Newsroom for dinner, I got compliments on the kilt from a few of the women who worked there, but the male staff gave me some "what the fuck" looks. After dinner we walked around Minneapolis for another hour or two (which probably lead to the chaffing), stopping in E Block so some of our crew could get dessert at Cold Stone.

As we waited in line, some strange guy walked by us and looked at me and said "Is that a skirt?!?"  I replied that it's a kilt. "That's a skirt?!?" he smirked and walked away. I could only manage to mutter "What ever" followed by "But I looked damned good in it!" but I think he was to far away to hear me at that point.

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