Homo One More Pride Parade Anecdote
posted by June 27 at 11:48 AMon
Noon, June 24, Seattle Pride Parade: There were about four male protesters and two were waving large white signs quoting Paul’s letter to the Corinthians about homosexuals incapable of entering the Kingdom of Heaven.
They were shouting anti-gay statements at the parade and its revelers. The parade-goers would shout back occasionally. I was at this particular corner where the protesters were, recovered from a night of drinking at the Wild Rose, taking pictures with a disposable camera which I’d send back to my lesbian friends in my small, conservative home town. Watching the event, I couldn’t help but be wowed. Small-town girl goes to big city.
In a small town, people treated me like they’d rather sneer and say something smart like, “Don’t they have parades and marches for people like you?” Yes they do. It’s Seattle Pride, baby. It’s not like I was all teary-eyed, I was just thinking, Hey this is great.
I didn’t pay much attention to the protesters until I saw the coolest thing ever. It went down like this:
The evangelicals and some of the crowd started shouting an awful lot. Then the sign-bearers walked away from the corner.
This pint-sized young dyke strutted after them, “COME ON! YOU JUST GONNA WALK AWAY?”
One of the protesters turned and she slapped him in the face. He knelt down to pray and she returned to her crew and a standing ovation with her arms outstretched. The evangelicals gathered around their bowed brother, holding up Bibles and showing support.
I was for the smack in the face. But I was also hurt for the man. Though I can’t get behind it, he was expressing what he thought was right.
I was raised by Christian Evangelical parents. I went to church. I was exposed to that scene. I also remember how I was then: a smoldering young’un with some definite scruples with scripture and a smart-mouth to match.
The evangelical had every right to speak his mind.
And in the young dyke I saw a ballsier version of myself, the attitude of, “You’re damn right ‘girl’ is a four-letter word!”
I would have bought her a drink if she was old enough.