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Friday, June 6, 2008

Be Proud, Gays!

posted by on June 6 at 14:59 PM

Your votes require political pandering. Governor Christine Gregoire has agreed to be the honorary Grand Marshal of this year’s gay pride parade on June 29. According to parade sponsor Seattle Out and Proud, she’ll be marching behind the Dykes on Bikes.

Although this is her first time marching as governor, this isn’t her first time in the parade. According to campaign spokesman Aaron Toso, last time she marched was in 2004—as attorney general—when she was running for governor. Now she’s back at it, apparently hoping to drum up support from her Democratic base in time for this November’s election.

“I think the common wisdom is that it is a political risk,” says Ed Murray, 43rd District state senator and co-sponsor of successful domestic partnership bills. However, he says, “The governor marching in the parade is not dangerous because history goes against common political wisdom.”

Former governors Gary Locke and Mike Lowry marched in pride parades during their terms, according to Murray and others. However, a lot has changed on the gay marriage front since then. “We can celebrate how far we’ve gone in very short time—how close we are to where we want to be,” says Murray, noting the recent California decision to allow same-sex marriage. “Nationally, we’re moving faster than any of us had ever imagined.”

“For all the balloons and the boas, this is a march, and having our political support is really important,” says SOaP spokesman Troy Campbell.

Other Grand Marshals this year include Anne Levinson, co-owner of Seattle’s dyketastic Seattle Storm, and the Safe Schools Coalition, which tells those bullies to fuck off.

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I'll be driving my Bentley Continental Turbo in the parade, with Mr. Poe and Le Juif sitting on the back with Kalashnikov water cannons, pummeling the crowd.

We'll have Karl-Heinz Stockhausen cranked on a special sound system which will cause the banji boys and HiNRG fans to fall to ground in mouth-foaming seizures.

See you there.

Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | June 6, 2008 3:08 PM

I remember shaking her hand at the pride parade and being a bit surprised that she had the audacity to show up there while being on record as opposing gay marriage.

Posted by tsm | June 6, 2008 3:09 PM

I love Dykes on Bikes but I can't stand watching them ride without helmets. For the kids' sake, wear protection.

Posted by elenchos | June 6, 2008 3:12 PM

I went to the parade last year and it was okay, not nearly as great as people made it out to be AND it was FUCKING COLD OUT!!!! Instead I am going to run the Shore to Shore 6.7 mile run instead. Cuter guys at that anyway.

Posted by Cato the Younger Younger | June 6, 2008 3:13 PM

JTC, that sounds awesome. Can I be a cheerleader?

Posted by Abby | June 6, 2008 3:13 PM

@5 -- Honey, if you're sweater's tight enough, I'll even let you drive for awhile.

Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | June 6, 2008 3:19 PM


Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | June 6, 2008 3:20 PM

Heck, she's got a fundraiser anyone can attend at Neumo's tonite.

I'm sure they need cheerleaders, Abby. You'd look cute doing that.

Posted by Will in Seattle | June 6, 2008 3:28 PM

Marching behind Dykes on Bikes? She'd better be prepared to suck on a lot tailpipe exhaust.

Posted by JC | June 6, 2008 3:29 PM

Wheee! Now all I need is a sweater.

Posted by Abby | June 6, 2008 3:29 PM

All of which reminds me of the day I went to my uncle's house and there was an extermination truck in front of the house.

"What's the exterminator doing?" I asked.

"Killing the lesbians," he said.

"That's not even funny," I said.

"Well, I don't know what ya call 'em, but them damn bugs are eatin' all the carpet."


Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | June 6, 2008 3:37 PM

Hey Dom,

Minor quibble: It's not pandering when the Gov has signed two major domestic partnership bills, an anti-discrimination bill, a comprehensive sex-ed bill, and helped sheppard through a safe-schools, anti-bullying bill. Dino Rossi would have happily vetoed every one of those bills.

Gregoire may not be outspoken per se, but she's one of the greatest allies to the GLBT community that this state has ever seen, and her actions back up her words. She's done more to advance gay rights in this state than any governor before her. Let's not forget it.

Posted by Original Andrew | June 6, 2008 4:08 PM

She's a wishy-washy, fence stradling windbag.

ie, your typical Democrat politician circa 2008.

Posted by michael strangeways | June 6, 2008 4:41 PM

Cornball- Coupe or convertible?

Posted by Le Juif du Monsieur Poe | June 6, 2008 4:52 PM

Convertible, d'accord, Monsieur le cher Juif du Poe!

Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | June 6, 2008 6:20 PM

ooh la la! c'est magnifique!

Posted by Le Juif du Monsieur Poe | June 6, 2008 7:05 PM

Oui, oui! Poo poo!

Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | June 6, 2008 10:44 PM

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