Monday, November 09, 2009
Palm Springs Pride Parade 3: We Are Family
An elderly couple marched down the street proclaiming their "marriage" of 30+ years...
...along with a contingent of lesbian LAPD policewomen.
The coolest moment for me was the entrance midway of the Palm Springs High School marching band into the parade. This group plays in virtually every function that marches up Palm Canyon Boulevard, but I was surprised to see the local public high school lending their presence to a still controversial event, and they looked like they were enjoying themselves immensely.
It brought home the fact that most young people aren't as stupid about gay stuff as previous generations...
...and it was enormously heartening.
I insisted on marching in the parade with some contingent, and we ended up joining the PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) group. Half a block into our masquerade, the Canadian woman above turned to us and said, "My son and his partner couldn't make it from Los Angeles today, so you can be my sons."
The Coachella Valley is still a Republican stronghold with too many hidebound Christians...
...but watching parents supporting their teenaged gay children by marching happily past hateful signage together was seriously inspirational.