Archive | May, 2009

Weekend bonus shot, 05.31.09

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Rainbow flag en route to San Francisco City Hall Day of Decision rally, May 26, 2009, following the California State Supreme Court’s upholding of Proposition 8 and the ban on same-sex marriage.

Normally I do these weekend photos in black & white. This one seemed worthy of exception, particularly since so much of the story this week, at least for me, has been about the fierce explosion of LGBT pride. Every setback seems only to multiply people’s determination. Next stop: Washington, D.C., on National Coming Out Day weekend — October 10-11, 2009 — to demand full, equal protection in all matters governed by civil law in all 50 states. Now. (I’ll see you one large state-level setback, and raise you one fierce, energized, uncompromising national movement.)

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Unite the Fight’s video of Meet in the Middle

Unite the Fight is running a live video feed of events in Fresno today (I embeded this stuff above from their Qik Channel), and on their web page they also have a slideshow of still photos running.  As of 1pm, at the start of the rally, the embeded video should be transmitting the rally itself? Just click refresh and you’ll get their most recent feed? Or go over to their page and watch it there? For me, the video is choppy but the audio is smooth. Runs like a kind of a near-realtime slideshow.  All very inspirational.

[Update: You can read a live Twitter feed here, on which you can read stuff folks are seeing/hearing/feeling.]

As the cavalcade of media links here imply, I am supporting today’s Meet in the Middle 4 Equality rally in spirit but not in body today. Ah, there was a time, back in my salad days, when you couldn’t keep me from a multi-state social justice caravan, actions dotting the upper midwest, culminating in a big huge march of thousands upon thousands of lesbians down 5th Avenue with no permit and an abundance of fierce righteous pride. There also was a time when I wasn’t Julie, Your Cruise Director for two little people who have a short wick for long car rides and large crowds and a demonstrable need for a midday nap.

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21st of 21

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A little mid-marriage equality/LGBT civil rights rally PDA, under the watchful eye of St. Pat’s.  Ahem. [Photo: Cheryl Dumesnil.]

I like to think that love will conquer all. I like to believe that the more of us believe this, the more true it becomes. If we’re not there yet  — love victorious and everlasting; love unconditional; and it’s abundantly evident we’re not — still, I like to believe we’re en route. You have to have the long view.

Meanwhile, love’s healing, conquering power does hold true for me, my beloved, and the family we’ve hatched (with the help of what else? love!).  Sometimes, when push comes to shove — and daggone there’s been a lot of shoving lately — I have to feel that that’ll do.

So endeth a month of photos, or so it was supposed to be (photos only).  As expected, I couldn’t resist sneaking a word or two as accompaniment.  Sometimes it was just a word or two and no photo.  And as expected, I spent most of the month waiting for the other shoe to fall.  Shoe 1 being: the election which removed our constitutionally recognized right to support our family structure with state recognition equivalent to those our heterosexual brothers and sisters enjoy. Shoe 2 being: the Supreme Court’s decision on whether or not this was fair and right.

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20th of 21

The Powerpuff Girls Say No to Hate and Yes to Love

THE POWERPUFF GIRLS SAY NO TO HATE! & YES TO LOVE!

This was taken just a little over a day ago, though it feels like a week.  On the Day of Decision, the afternoon after the CA Supreme Court released its cowardly ruling upholding Prop 8 for the thinnest and most internally contradictory of reasons, this young gal was at the front of the march from San Francisco’s City Hall to the Yerba Buena Gardens and its Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial.  

I wish I could show you the full look on this gal’s face, but though I got her very enthusiastic permission to photograph her holding the sign, I didn’t have the good sense to locate a parent and find out how they felt about the little muffin showing up on the internet. So she gets more or less cropped.  Take my word for it, she had a smile a city block-wide and eyes bright enough to light up the street lights. Our Family Coalition and COLAGE led the march, as well they should have. 

I could have put up a much more somber image here (oh, like this one). But I’m thinking, today I could use this kind of inextinguishable optimism. When people talk about the future of LGBT civil rights and civil marriage rights, I think this will be the image I’ll try to conjure the most.

[Post Script: I thought I’d be writing up a big ole’ Day of Decision post, and I am, but I think I will actually try to hold it ’til Monday, Blogging for LGBT Families Day, when I’m done with the Month o’ Photos and off my “prose fast.” ]

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19th of 21

Slide show of images in and around San Francisco, the afternoon following the CA Supreme Court’s decision to uphold Prop 8 (though also uphold the June-Nov marriages).

En route to SF City HallAs of the wee, wee hours of Wednesday morning, I gave up waiting for all my photos to load to Flickr, where I stash them all.  I put in the image at left as a placeholder, and then in the more civil hours of the morning, posted the above slide show of images from some of San Francisco’s reaction to the California Supreme Court’s decision upholding Prop 8.

It’s a companion slide show to yesterday’s morning scenes; they’re mostly of the afternoon/evening rally at City Hall, the march from there to the rally at Yerba Buena Gardens, and then a trickle afterward.

Plenty happened during the afternoon that I didn’t witness — for one, I went to City Hall to listen to the press conference, and wasn’t a part of (or witness to) the civil disobedience that folks did. Over the course of the day, 175 people were arrested (though all the public assembly I saw was shockingly civil). I also took a break in the afternoon to upload the morning pictures.

As with the AM slide show I posted earlier on Tuesday, I’ve captioned the images and provided some minor commentary here and there, which you see if you click through and view the set picture-by-picture at Flickr.. 

In due time, maybe tomorrow, more words forthcoming.

[Ed note: Want to see another  huge set of photos of they day?  Steve Rhodes has 392 great ones here.]

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