This article was originally posted on rainbowromancewriters.com/node/760 on 6/9/14
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As we all know, June is gay pride month and that means a chance for
every member of the LGBTQA community to shine like a fabulous rainbow.
LOL Of course, there is also a lot of serious work happening as well,
both in politics and education. Even in the virtual world, there is
celebrating with publishers having sales, and writers hosting blog tours
But the truth is, most of my friends are busy losing weight, getting tan, selecting hot outfits, and getting ready to par-tay
for Pride. In fact, that word, “Pride” holds enough weight in the
LGBTQA community that it’s like saying Christmas to anyone else. Not
only is it a feeling but it is the EVENT of the summer.
I've had the privilege of attending multiple Prides, Motor City Pride in Detroit, Stonewall Columbus Pride, and my hometown Pride, Toledo Pride,
which isn't until Aug 22-24. Each festival has had its own special way
for the community within a community to show their city that LGBTQA is
more than just a social identifier. It is a vastly diverse group of
people from the everyday folk to the fabulous.
Pssst!! Did you notice that today I am including the Questioning and the Allies into the LGBT alphabet soup? Wanna know why?
Because it is Pride season and I am proud to be an A!
right, I'm an Ally. When I go to Pride I'm not an outsider or a mere
observer. This middle-age straight women—God I hate saying that
middle-age part, LOL—is a part of the alphabet.
While most of us do not like labels or stereotypes, darn it, I love being an A!
IMO, there's a big difference between being an Ally and merely saying
that you support gay rights. To me, mere talk won't earn you the
privilege of being in the LGBTQA alphabet. I'm not getting into too many
deets on the subject, but I blogged about the topic once with a post
entitled: “I’m cool that you’re gay, BUT....”, so if you're curious you can check that out. I not an Ally simply because I write gay romance, either. Deep in my bones I believe
in equality and I've been known to be quite vocal in defending my gay
bros and sistas. Have I offended some? Yes. Do I care? No. On an upbeat
note (this post is all about the positive) I’ve also changed some minds
and made others think about their words, too. The small victories are
That’s even our motto here at RRW—Changing minds one heart at a time.
Now I’m not here to list off my volunteer work or give myself props, I am just here to say:
I’m proud to be an A!
next weekend, when I get my bags packed to go to Columbus Pride with my
favorite A and G, we’re gonna grab a deep-dish pizza at Fabian’s in the
Short North before we head off to a drag show with a cute pair of Ls.
Then we’re gonna party like rock stars and regret it all in the morning,
LOL Some of my fellow alphabet peeps will even get to see George Takei—Oh Myyy!—because
he’s the Grand Marshall this year for the Columbus Pride parade
#awesome. I'm thinking about getting a pedicure with little rainbows
painted on my toes. Yeah, that’s how I roll.
Whatever we do, one
thing is for certain, we are all excited about the chance to be
surrounded by our happy and united community. That’s what Pride is
about, after all.
Celebrating our beautifully diverse alphabet.
you find the time this summer, I hope you can attend a Pride event near
you. LGBTQA events are, by far, full of the most loving and accepting
people you will ever meet. Like going to GRL or Rainbow Con with fellow
writers, Pride is a spectacular way to get immersed in our fabulous
~Deanna—proud to be an A!
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