Tuesday, February 15, 2011

I'm not in a couple, but I played one in a parade

I got married! Well, not really. In the Lunar New Year Parade earlier this month, I was asked to be in a pretend a gay marriage. That's my friend Alan above. A lesbian couple marched next to us. It was to raise awareness about the marriage issue to the residents and visitors of Chinatown.

I was a little afraid at how we might be treated at the parade. Afterall, this was rather bold for a rather conservative community. And, you know what? It was great! We weren't booed or anything. It was actually quite...liberating. We were cheered and appreciated for our actions.

I remember five years ago when we hoped to march for the very first time in the oldest parade in Los Angeles. There was some tension among the organizers. But we were given permission and away we went.

Someday, this will be looked at with such folly. People will wonder what the big deal was. As I marched down the parade, I truly felt like a young groom looking toward his future.


Sundry said...

Yay! I'm so happy for you that this was a positive experience, brave man. You're right. It's going to absolutely baffle people what the fuss was about, hopefully very soon.

Peter Varvel said...

Love this - I wish I had been there to watch!

Cheryl said...

I love that you did this. Especially since the last time I went to the Lunar New Year Parade, it needed some livening up. I think council people saying "Gung hay fat choy" with terrible accents outweighed dragons two to one.

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