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Thank you, everyone, for your thoughtful replies. If i do bring the flag, i won't make a "scene". It would be a silent witness. One of the forbidden items down on the mall that day is a flag pole, and I am height-impaired. Or rather, vertically challenged. Or something. So without a pole, what i'm thinking of doing is wearing it like a cape. I also have a pin that says Queer Christian with a rainbow cross on it and i plan to put that on my black beret.
I agree that we should be out if at all possible, and i am out out out. I agree with everyone's comments. And yes I'll try to be at Dupont Circle for Kate Clinton's SAGE the White House event, too. She's hilarious. She was a speaker at the Out & Equal Conference this year, and I've seen her at a local venue, as well. I remember her from Sisterfire events back in the early 1980s in Takoma Park DC. Am i that old? Yes, I am.
I'm curious as to what Rick Warren will say, and then i'm going to do my best to forget about him. Let Melissa Etheridge and Andrew Sullivan teach him how great gay people are. :-)
take care everyone. Stay warm if you're in a cold clime, and cool if you're in a warm clime.
Well, here's how it went. My girlfriend and I made it to the Washington Memorial ground by 9:00am on Tuesday (yesterday) morning, having taken the bus from our home and then walked a good long while trying to find safe passage to the National Mall. I know DC darn well, being a native and all, and all my tricks were reduced to asking a police officer (or was it a national guardsman): What's the way to the Mall that's isn't blocked? We were given 2 choices. We were on 11th street NW. Go west to 18th and down, or east to the third street tunnel, closed to cars, and walk to the other side of the mall. Every other street was blocked by fencing, buses and camoflaged hummers for ticketed people going to the parade, or because the other parts of the Mall nearer the Capitol were already way full.
So we joined the throngs down 18th street, got to Constitution Avenue, and onto the Monument grounds. Since i'm so short, we decided that the east side of the hill was the best view. We could see the rest of the mall, all the way to the Capitol building, as well as a Jumbo tron. It was pretty crowded: no room to sit really. We were surrounded by southern accents. We asked: a middle school class from Tennessee! A white middle school class. Okay. Well, i pulled out my 3 foot by 5 foot rainbow american flag. It has the blue part with white stars, and then the stripes are rainbow. and then i wrapped it around my head, affixing it together like a cape, or like a muslim woman might wear a head scarf, with a pin that said, Lesbian Voter. (I'd forgotten to put on my **** christian button.) And kept it on. One of the Tennessee chaperones asked me the significance of my flag. And i told him, it can be viewed as Rainbow Nation, a diverse flag for a diverse country, or mostly, its a flag of Gay Pride. And he said oh.
At another point, a couple of men asked to borrow it for a picture, and they draped it over both their shoulders as you would a blanket and had a picture taken. That was sweet.
A number of times people took pictures of me. One woman said i looked so cute. As soon as i get my disposable camera developed, i'll upload my look. Cute is not the word i'd use but whatever. She seemed friendly. I looked more like a weeble who wobbles but doesn't fall down, with a gay pride flag on my head. I continued to wear it all the way up 18th street on the way back after the inaugural address and poem. I was half hoping some reporter would ask me about it. But in my own small way, the people who saw me and read my Lesbian Voter button realized, oh, there's a lesbian in our midst. And that was that. A quiet witness to the fact that we're everywhere.
We did finally move away from the Tennesseans, and hung with a more diverse group. The crowds were well behaved, which is a good thing since there were so many of us packed into such a tight space, made tighter by Jersey barriers, fences and buses used as walls to cut off areas. An ebullient mood. I'm glad i went. I should have feeling in my feet any day now.
I thought Rick Warren's prayer was fine, and if i hadn't known that he's such a homophobe, i would have been fine with it, as a christian lesbian. Now maybe he'll fade from view. Or better yet, have a change of heart, like Cher did about Chastity, and become a pro-gay ally. Stranger things have happened.
I must say that the Lesbian Gay Band Association march in the parade was pretty cool. http://www.tippytopple.com/LGBA_Inauguration.mp4 I loved the cheerful batton twirler with potbelly. Man, was HE enthusiastic.
So that's how it was for me.
What were you all thinking, those who watched from home or were also there?
who wears rainbow flags on her head. but only for inaugurations.