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Reflections on Pride 2018

Pride Colors

Yay for Pride Celebrations! Boo to Pride corporate pink washing! There is such a duality to the situation now, and it’s a shame to see it devolve to such a state after starting for such righteous and needed reasons. Shout out to Marsha P. Johnson every Pride—never forget her name.

There is obviously no need to explain or justify to anyone trans in A WORLD THIS FUCKED UP why they are free to do whatever they feel free enough to do, cause anything more could be death and anything less would be uncivilized.

That being said, I had an interesting experience at Pride this year at the Dyke March. It wasn’t totally rained out when I got there in the early afternoon, so I took pictures at first to document the important history as I do every year (can’t take these events for granted when other places in the world don’t even have Queer Pride).

A lovely lady gave me a kiss, and then another lady said, “Come and march with us!” so I felt cool to do so, even though I wasn’t planning to do it originally.

Awesome reggae music ushered us into Allen Gardens where we watched Japanese femme/women/trans drummers and speeches. The energy of the people was joyfully there to dive into. I was swimming around in beauty and bliss, with all kinds of people, and feeling my romantic hopes spark up. It’s nice to make relationships at places like this, if possible.

I saw a trans person with a queer woman. They seemed like people who I would enjoy having as friends in my life. After waiting about five minutes to not interrupt their conversation, I got their attention and we spoke about some politics around Pride. I asked questions, and they provided answers.

My attraction was not obvious, yet I could totally feel the distance and minor suspicion from the trans person about my intentions and interest. I knew it was a concern of theirs, but I didn’t feel like forcing my hand or theirs by saying such things.

Is everyone suspicious of those who come up to them? I’m not sure too many men would be suspicious of an attractive person coming up to them to try and connect, but I sure know many if not most women are super suspicious of almost every everyday approach. How many trans people feel the same? Where did this person fall in the spectrum of suspicion? It was something I wondered.

I will keep wondering because I didn’t want to bother them anymore… so I gracefully bowed out. I hope they had a nice day. I did.

Love,
Addi Stewart

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