Happy pride weekend, and BRAWLPosted: July 19, 2015 Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: androgyny, gender identity, genderqueer, lgbt, lgbtq, lgbtqia, non-binary, pride, pride parade, queer, trans, transgender 10 Comments
I know I’m behind on the celebratory Pride post – this really is when my city celebrates Pride. Why it’s not in June, I’m not sure. Yesterday was the parade and festival, and today is a picnic. There were some other events throughout last week too, but I wasn’t really in the loop. Usually we just march in the parade, whether it’s with an actual group, or just kind of infiltrating, doing our own thing.
We dressed up in fun outfits, like every year. I gotta say though, that personally, it’s losing its excitement. It used to be such a thrill. I don’t know if it’s because I’m older, or because I’ve done it so many times, but it’s just sort of meh, now. Nothing lately has felt exciting – maybe that’s part of rebounding from all I went through lately. I hope the world takes on a shimmer, once in a while, again soon…
This year, my partner’s employer (a food co-op) was in the parade, so we marched with them. They had 2 banners, some people dressed up in produce costumes, and a couple of shopping carts holding buckets of soapy solution to make giant bubbles with. And also a dog, riding in a cart. I handed out coupons for $5 off $25 purchase – we got rid of 600 coupons!
After the parade, we went and ate burritos and then came home to relax. We watched a documentary on Tig Notaro.
Then we went out to a bar for an event called BRAWL (Broads Regional Arm Wrestling League). They sporadically hold events at different bars, and it’s always a fund raiser for some organization. This time it was the gay alliance. Lady arm wrestlers take on a whole persona and have an entourage go out into the crowd and drum up bets for who will win. There are two winners – the strongest arm, and the one who raises the most $$. They had names like Malice in Wonderland and Beth Amphetamine. It was pretty entertaining. There was an announcer, referee, and DJ to enhance the hype.
I guess it was cool to see some people while we were marching and to go out to an event. I haven’t been doing much of that lately. I asked my partner about it, and she said I haven’t seemed very engaged lately. I agree with that. When will that return? She says I should just keep putting myself out there and going through the motions. I agree with that too.
been thinking about you a lot and wish we could have been at pride with you!!!
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You have great arms Janitorqueer! 🙂
Arm Wrestling FTW! Funny to read about it since I somewhat randomly found your site (sounds stalker-ish, but I swear it isn’t!). It started here in cville, right across the street from my neighborhood.
This is a timely reminder to me to update the CLAW website….
I’m always glad to read what you write and really glad you had a good time at Pride and at BRAWL.
Oh wow, what a cool connection. Do you arm wrestle yourself?
Nope. I’m a referee.
So totally random, but I was visiting a friend not too long ago and almost attended that same arm wrestling competition. We ended up drinking beer in her apartment and hanging out, instead, but that’s super weird. Also you two look awesome!
Thanks! It sounds like there are leagues popping up in different places. It’s a cool way to raise money!
I have nominated you for the chain Very Inspiring Blog thing! There’s probably a rule about not nominating people who nominated you in the first place, but never mind! 🙂
Cool! I’ll follow up on this…