Yesterday Heidi, Wendy and Anna all went to Des Moines for Capitol City Pride a/k/a Gay Pride Iowa 2005. I had to work and was really bummed that I couldn't go. From the sounds of it, it was a great time, although it was hot and Heidi ended up getting sunburned. They had a parade that started at the State Capitol (which Anna told us was her palace) and ended up in Simon Estes Amphitheater. There were booths set up by various organizations including our bank, WellsFargo, which made us very happy. Anna was just blown away by the ballons that arched across the street making a big rainbow and the "princesses" that she saw--she told me that she even saw Cher! She wore her rainbow sun dress and her Dorothy ruby slippers which Heidi mentioned got a lot of comments from guys that were there. She loved getting candy thrown by people in the parade and walking around just soaking it up. When it came time to leave, it was drama of the first degree and many tears were shed.
Gay rights is an issue that Heidi and I have really adopted, especially since this nonsense about actually writing discrimination into the Constitution of the United States has begun to gain traction--however slight. It's my hope that someday we'll look back on these laws that states have passed banning gay marriage and look at it as we do the 1950's when it was perfectly ok to discriminate against an African-American. Hopefully, we'll say "what the hell were we thinking?" and repeal all of them.
We're not there yet--not by a long shot--but baby steps is the way to go.
And to celebrate Pride Month, iTunes has a special iTunes Essential Playlist. I have probably 90% of the songs on here in one form or another. Definitely worth a look and a listen.