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Halloween is a time for epic costuming and craziness in the States, and we at G-P were quite happy making our rounds this year as a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle (Michelangelo) and a queer Optimus Prime respectively. Halloween is a holiday that has held many meanings over the centuries, and it has always been quite dear to the queer community as a time to let one’s inner self be as flamboyant as desired. However, in recent years, Halloween has seemingly entered into a new era.
Dan Savage, a Seattle sex columnist (and incidentally the co-founder of the It Gets Better Project), has an interesting take on the whole situation. In an editorial posted last year in The Stranger, he puts forth an interesting theory – that Hallowen has now been co-opted by heterosexuals. Now that all manners of costume and drag can be enjoyed by the queer community on a regular basis, it’s the straight community that needs that one special night of the year where they can flaunt their sexuality and, in the words of Dan Savage, “when …
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Space Needle has pride!
We at genderpanic are in Seattle and Seattle Pride is here! There’s a rainbow flag flying on top of the Space Needle for the first time ever, and there have been parties and events happening all over the city this past week.
We’ve been all over the town, walking in the Dyke March, cheering at the Pride Parade, and browsing the booths at Capitol Hill Pride and the Seattle Pride Festival. We’ve seen the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, naked rainbow men on bicycles, lesbrarians, a 10-foot wide replica of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, Batman on roller skates wearing a g-string, lesbians lube wrestling on a float, and much, much more! It’s been a good week to have fun, to be proud, and to give one’s lover boo an extra squeeze while out in public. We’ve seen so many cute couples, of so many different gender combinations, and are truly delighted by this year’s outpouring of pride in diversity. Kudos to you, Seattle, and to all the excellent queer organizations and resources that exist within you!
Absolut Pride 40th anniversary bottle
Just as he did in 2009, Obama has once again officially declared June as “Pride Month“. Here in Seattle, we at genderpanic are totally psyched about attending both the Capitol Hill Pride Festival and Seattle Pride downtown.
This is a big year for pride – it’s the 40th year anniversary for pride festivals in some of the US’s largest cities, such as NYC, San Francisco, LA and Chicago. Check out In The Life’s special 40th Anniversary of Stonewall episode for a recap of the last 41 years of LGBTQ history in the US since Stonewall.
Hope all of you get a chance to make it ‘over the rainbow’ this year!