My friend Caitlin and I met up at Washington Square Park to check out the amazing Pride 2016 march. This was the first time I went to Pride; last year I was out of town. It was INCREDIBLE. Over 300000 marchers, 9 hours of parade, two questionable "nutcracker" drinks, and an amazing encounter with my high school friend Krys, whom I hadn't seen in YEARS. It was so wonderful to see him, and I cannot describe the general euphoria of the day. If you could only bottle it up and take it out when needed!
I have always been a staunch ally of the LGBTQ community. Being in theatre with all the other misfit toys will bring a sense of community. Even in creepy, racist, homophobic areas like where I grew up. It's wonderful to see how Pride has become a celebration that really is beginning to reach like a spiderweb. There's always someone after making a buck on it - from the street vendor pop ups selling rainbow flags to GAP sponsorship, but I'm actually weirdly heartened by that, because it means it's becoming mainstream to accept the community. If you're gonna exploit a group, at least give them a slap bracelet!
Gender and sexuality are more fluid than we give them credit for. As I get older, I realise more and more that these labels are ridiculous. There are over 30 types of gender identification, but I think over the coming years it's going to become less and less distinctive. When it comes down to it, we're all weird humans just trying to figure it out on this crazy planet. Distinctions of class, gender, sexuality, race and nationality separate and hurt us. We are hyperdefining us to the point of isolation, and eventually that will have to break. I am much more about collaboration than isolation, that's for sure.
That said, I'm so very very happy I went with my friend to see this incredible spectacle. I got great photos during the experience and I am very grateful for the opportunity.