How did you guys spend Pride?

  • ChicagoSteve

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    Jun 30, 2014 11:22 PM GMT
    I actually walked in the parade with other co-workers and friends with my company's float. it was a 4 mile route here in Chicago, thousands of people. It was GREAT!
  • WrestlerBoy

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    Jun 30, 2014 11:26 PM GMT
    Glad you had a great time! Sounds like it was fun.
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    Jun 30, 2014 11:30 PM GMT
    I didn't spend it. I still have it. icon_cool.gif
  • ChicagoSteve

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    Jun 30, 2014 11:39 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidI didn't spend it. I still have it. icon_cool.gif


    Have fun!
  • WrestlerBoy

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    Jun 30, 2014 11:43 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidI didn't spend it. I still have it. icon_cool.gif


    LOL. You can be so..... jesuitical, Paul icon_smile.gif
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    Jun 30, 2014 11:50 PM GMT
    Glad you had a great time. Here, most people I know, stay as far away from it as possible, here in California.
  • ChicagoSteve

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    Jun 30, 2014 11:58 PM GMT
    When we were walking the parade route we were giving out blue/white flower leis to the crowd. I have to admit I gave a disproportionate amount of those to the young, cute guys I saw along the route, lol!
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    Jul 01, 2014 12:07 AM GMT
    WrestlerBoy said
    paulflexes saidI didn't spend it. I still have it. icon_cool.gif


    LOL. You can be so..... jesuitical, Paul icon_smile.gif
    Hey cool, a new word for my vocabulary (had to look that up). icon_lol.gif
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    Jul 01, 2014 12:09 AM GMT
    Our Pride the previous weekend was rainy most of the day. First time in years that I didn't staff an exhibitor booth and also participate in the parade, just a spectator. But it didn't rain on our parade, so that was good, and it ran about 90 minutes. Overall everyone was in a festive mood, and we were there for nearly 10 hours.
  • ChicagoSteve

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    Jul 01, 2014 12:17 AM GMT
    Art_Deco saidOur Pride was rainy most of the day. First time in years that I didn't staff an exhibitor booth and also participate in the parade, just a spectator. But it didn't rain on our parade, so that was good, and it ran about 90 minutes. Overall everyone was in a festive mood, and we were there for nearly 10 hours.


    I was co-chair of the event this year and had an 11hr day because I helped with set up and tear down. Long day but fun.
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    Jul 01, 2014 12:20 AM GMT
    I lived.

    My Friends didn't.

    I still miss Them.


    I have done Parades and Parties - and STILL have a few left in Me.

    I Marched and Protested and talked and jabbered.

    We ALL know how full of Myself I am.

    But if I could have just 5 more minutes with the Guys I never got to say goodbye to. If I could hold their hands one last time.

    We should ALL be PROUD because We are the most FEARLESS Fuckers on the Planet.

    And We DON'T stop.

    I am Personally PROUD of EVERYONE who has the GUTS to post on a site like RJ.

    My 2 cents ain't worth 2 cents -

    But EVERY Guy on here makes Me kinda Proud - and for that...I am grateful.

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  • WrestlerBoy

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    Jul 01, 2014 12:25 AM GMT
    paulflexes said
    WrestlerBoy said
    paulflexes saidI didn't spend it. I still have it. icon_cool.gif


    LOL. You can be so..... jesuitical, Paul icon_smile.gif
    Hey cool, a new word for my vocabulary (had to look that up). icon_lol.gif


    Did I tell you my oldest brother is a... Jesuit? icon_biggrin.gif
  • WrestlerBoy

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    Jul 01, 2014 12:27 AM GMT
    Cash saidI lived.

    My Friends didn't.

    I still miss Them.


    I have done Parades and Parties - and STILL have a few left in Me.

    I Marched and Protested and talked and jabbered.

    We ALL know how full of Myself I am.

    But if I could have just 5 more minutes with the Guys I never got to say goodbye to. If I could hold their hands one last time.

    We should ALL be PROUD because We are the most FEARLESS Fuckers on the Planet.

    And We DON'T stop.

    I am Personally PROUD of EVERYONE who has the GUTS to post on a site like RJ.

    My 2 cents ain't worth 2 cents -

    But EVERY Guy on here makes Me kinda Proud - and for that...I am grateful.

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    I have disagreed with you "maybe" (at one time) more vehemently than I have with any other guy on this site: But not today.

    Hear, hear!
  • ChicagoSteve

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    Jul 01, 2014 12:27 AM GMT
    Cash saidI lived.

    My Friends didn't.

    I still miss Them.


    I have done Parades and Parties - and STILL have a few left in Me.

    I Marched and Protested and talked and jabbered.

    We ALL know how full of Myself I am.

    But if I could have just 5 more minutes with the Guys I never got to say goodbye to. If I could hold their hands one last time.

    We should ALL be PROUD because We are the most FEARLESS Fuckers on the Planet.

    And We DON'T stop.

    I am Personally PROUD of EVERYONE who has the GUTS to post on a site like RJ.

    My 2 cents ain't worth 2 cents -

    But EVERY Guy on here makes Me kinda Proud - and for that...I am grateful.

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    +1

    Thanks Cash!
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    Jul 01, 2014 12:56 AM GMT
    I spent mine drunk off my ass at the Minneapolis Pride...fun!!
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    Jul 01, 2014 1:02 AM GMT
    I went to LA pride June 8th (Sunday), bar-hopping like 4 clubs in West Hollywood, Abbey, 11 Lounge, Mickys, Rage. Lol, I had a couple of cocktails and ate some French food. icon_smile.gif It was fun, no hook up and several guys grabbed my crotch like several times Lol. I might hit San Diego Pride in like 2 weeks.
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    Jul 01, 2014 1:10 AM GMT
    Got back from San Francisco Pride today and it was... AMAZING!!!

    Went to the Pink Party on Saturday night then went bar hopping afterwards. Met and danced with a lot of cute guys.

    Then went to the parade on Sunday morning/afternoon and enjoyed it. Walked around the civic center for all the post-parade events. Got sunburned REALLY bad on my back, but still had a great time. icon_biggrin.gif

    San Luis Obispo pride next weekend!!!
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    Jul 01, 2014 1:13 AM GMT
    ChicagoSteve said
    Art_Deco saidOur Pride the previous weekend was rainy most of the day. First time in years that I didn't staff an exhibitor booth and also participate in the parade, just a spectator. But it didn't rain on our parade, so that was good, and it ran about 90 minutes. Overall everyone was in a festive mood, and we were there for nearly 10 hours.


    I was co-chair of the event this year and had an 11hr day because I helped with set up and tear down. Long day but fun.

    Good for you! Yeah, the long day is one reason we opted out of a booth this year. When we do have a booth it's like 12+ hours outdoors, in the Florida sun & heat, we're getting a little old for that. We did do a booth a few monthts earlier in March, we have several Pride events here, and that one lasts for 2 days, Sat & Sun.

    That Sunday began at 5 AM for us. We had to finish cooking for 40 people (we had begun Thursday with baking), at a musical soirée his sister was having that night, before returning to Pride at 11 AM. At 5 PM we wrapped up the booth, rushed home to shower & change, and then packed the car with food, for her event that began at 7.

    That was an 18-hour day. But I've told him I want us to start cutting back. He's 80 and I'm 65, time for us to just be spectators and let the younger "kids" do these things.
  • fitartistsf

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    Jul 01, 2014 1:36 AM GMT
    I stayed home, like I do every year…
    Where I live, it's too expensive to travel to any of the pride celebrations...
  • coolarmydude

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    Jul 01, 2014 1:42 AM GMT
    Now that I live in the NYC area, I haven't gone last year or this. I went to DC Pride last year (towards the end).

    I don't have anything against Pride, but I appreciate it. I just don't make it a priority. I will try to go next year to NYC Pride, and the years following.
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    Jul 01, 2014 1:53 AM GMT
    I never go to any. Gay pride events aren't even about gay rights, being proud, or human rights.

    They have become a giant carnival and costume party (similar to Mardi Gras in New Orleans and Halloween) where grown men and women dress up in wacky costumes, get drunk and act like jr. high girls.

    Gay pride events are now all about consumerism, marketing gay travel and gay cruises, and Fortune 500 companies using Advertising/PR tactics to get money off of DINKS (dual income no kids, as most LGBT people are) and my personal favorite..."diversity" and that means companies want to hire "LGBT job applicants looking for diversity".

    When you start devoting your life to the "PRIDE" scene, it’s a form of self-segregation and self-limiting. You limit your happiness in life to a narrow, body-obsessed, youth-obsessed culture. No wonder many gay men get depressed once you lose your looks and get a little older,


    It seems as if most of these pride events are filled by the following characters: The Circut queens, twinks, and body builders who are narcissistic and obsessed with their self image make their own misery and it’s their choice to do this.


    LGBT pride events are now and have been for the past few decades or in my lifetime all about body image, booze/drugs, and pointless consumerism and tourism and not about LGBT rights or LGBT visibility at all.

    So I don't go to them!
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    Jul 01, 2014 1:55 AM GMT
    We spent the day with friends and saw the S.F. parade, which ran from the Ferry Building all the way along Market Street to Civic Center. We were happy to see thousands of employees from Silicon-Valley based companies like Apple, Facebook, and Google wearing matching t-shirts and walking or riding on gorgeous corporate floats with all kinds of banners. An estimated 2000 employees turned out from Apple alone. Other companies like Salesforce, Marriott; lots of smaller companies and a number of newly married people. Google had hundreds of people in their part of the parade. We saw a lot of politicians and tons of happy people. The weather was perfect - it was a great day for everybody.

    Seeing all those major companies showing support and acceptance for us was poignant for me, as a guy who was once fired for being gay, several years ago. Nice to see that major companies (and small ones) are seeing that we're people too - people who deserve to be treated equally.

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    Jul 01, 2014 1:56 AM GMT
    I visited friends in Minneapolis, where I ran in the Pride 5K run, visited the fair in Loring Park and had two first dates -- one guy at lunch on Sunday and the other guy at dinner. Both were promising. But the first guy is a little too enthusiastic for my tastes so my red flags are out though i suppose i do prefer enthusiastic to stand-offish.
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    Jul 01, 2014 2:05 AM GMT
    bighairymuscles said
    LGBT pride events are now and have been for the past few decades or in my lifetime all about body image, booze/drugs, and pointless consumerism and tourism and not about LGBT rights or LGBT visibility at all.

    So I don't go to them!

    You seriously need to get out of SF, and spend a little time in the rest of the US. See how Pride is celebrated elsewhere.
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    Jul 01, 2014 2:15 AM GMT
    i got my gaming on and enjoyed playing watch dogs. Hopefully everyone who celebrated had a good time.