Gulf Shores

Gulf Shores
Photographer Patricia Gulick

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

9-14-13 RMB Chula Vista Pride

9-14-13 RMB Chula Vista Pride

Dear Rita Mae Brown,

On this Saturday I went to the Chula Vista Pride. The sun was shining and the ocean was lapping a hello alongside the park grounds where it was held.

It was much, much smaller than the San Diego Pride, but I enjoyed the same welcoming atmosphere there. On a stage, between musicians, they did a little ceremony of a couple of ladies that were married. I don’t know if that was their official wedding or just a commemorative thing, but it was touching.

They were a cute couple, not in the traditional way of the image we carry for “what makes women cute”. They were cute in the “crazy about each other and it shows” kind of way. One of them is in the Navy. It was very cool to hear that announced and the cheers that followed. I cheered. It made my heart proud of the progress we are making and honored to be there to witness it.

For the future, I hope there comes a time when we can all cheer for blessings and accomplishments like a cure for cancer, or a marvelous feat, instead of simple acknowledgement of basic human rights. “Yay, aren’t we grand. We will no longer discriminate against our men and women willing to risk their lives for our country.” Something is wrong with this picture. There is something very Hunger Games about it.

Sorry to be so cynical.

Reasons to cheer and rejoice…because we are here together and that’s a good thing, because the sun is shining and the flowers are blooming, because we are strong and wise and brave…because we want to.


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