Enter the 2013 RealJock Miami Beach Gay Pride Sweepstakes: Share Your Favorite Gay Pride Moments

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    Jan 25, 2013 11:08 AM GMT
    My favorite Pride was in 2011 when my partner and I were at the St. Petersburg Pride. We ran into friends that has just gotten a Golden Lab puppy named Julia. She was so adorable, I carried her around most of the afternoon. Then a group of us went to an impromptu pool party. It wasn't planned so none of us had swimsuits....icon_eek.gificon_biggrin.gif
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    Jan 25, 2013 1:31 PM GMT
    I have been to three pride events: Charlotte NC, Atlanta and San Francisco. Out of the 3, San Fran was my favorite. First of all, there were so many people and it was apparent when you experience the Castro street party. Secondly, the pride parade was televised just like the Tournament of Roses parade. In the South, pride parades only make the news. And third and my favorite part, was the diversity of people in San Fran. I met so many friendly people and in return, I made 2 new friends. That was truly a positive experience and one ill never forget.
  • gymguy81

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    Jan 25, 2013 2:03 PM GMT
    not sure my best pride moment somany posablititys from boston to provience. have had some realy fun times why must i chose?
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    Jan 25, 2013 2:57 PM GMT
    Apex0111 saidI actually have never been to a pride event. icon_exclaim.gif I spent a lot of my younger years closeted and am only just coming out of my shell (in the gay sense) over the past few years. I hear the prides events are a blast and would love to see one first hand!


    You and ConQuest and other guys that haven't been to a pride event could post about how you felt either seeing clips of gay pride events on TV or youtube and how it made you feel the first time etc etc. icon_wink.gif
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    Jan 25, 2013 3:06 PM GMT

    One of the first Pride Parades in Vancouver.

    A beautiful day, and a friend had a two bedroom apartment overlooking a corner where the Parade turned; 2 balconies with sliding glass doors so we could go from one room to another and watch the parade both on one street and the other.

    I was on the bedroom balcony looking at what floats were coming and saw one that had a SEMI-NAKED MAN (this was the 70s so it was still pretty rare to see).

    I ran into the livingroom and charged out onto the balcony there to tell my three friends,

    They'd slid the glass door shut.

    I hit it at 100 miles an hour. I bounced off, and watched the door leave its frame and go sailing out straight at the guys leaning on the railing. The thud made them turn around and they braced themselves then grabbed the door before it could smack into them and carry them down to the street below. The look of shock on their faces I'll likely never forget, lol. To this day I don't know why I didn't break my nose when I hit that door.

    -Doug
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    Jan 25, 2013 3:31 PM GMT
    I think my favorite is the Long beach festival due the wide open spaces and being located next to the harbor. 27 consecutive years at that one from the first one in 1983 until I needed to move back here to Columbus in 2010. I'll see it again one of these days. Never been to the parade in any of them ... just the festivals.
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    Jan 25, 2013 5:34 PM GMT
    My favourite pride was here in Montreal 14 years ago. I was there with my then boyfriend (now husband) and his family. His father didn't "know" / "accept" that his son was gay. The parade was awesome - colourful, musical, scantily clad, and loud - with tens of thousands of onlookers.

    My father-in-law-to-be remarked that it was a very nice summer festival. The whole family and I laughed because it was just so funny how different people can choose to interpret what's staring them in the face.

    They changed the parade route after that, and it's never been the same.

    I long for the days of "that summer festival" and the intensity of crowding tens of thousands of people on those narrow streets. The noise and commotion was an important element lost by moving it to a huge boulevard where it's easy to space people apart from one another.

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    Jan 25, 2013 5:38 PM GMT
    My favorite Gay Pride Moment was this last Pride when my ex came to visit. We had a blast together. It was good to see that after all those years, we still had a friendship and could have an awesome time.
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    Jan 25, 2013 5:52 PM GMT
    I've never been to Pride. Any of them.
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    Jan 25, 2013 5:53 PM GMT
    JimmyMTL said

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    What a sweet photo! I like!
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    Jan 25, 2013 6:08 PM GMT
    Albeit Montana Pride is no huge event, the room was packed when Jessie and the Boy Toys got on stage. She performed and I was right next to the stage. About three songs in, between songs she stops what she is doing, points to me, and says "Wow, this guy is crazy. He knows how to have a good time," then resumes starting her next song.

    Was incredible. Then a bunch of people told me I dance like a black girl and I was all icon_eek.gificon_redface.gificon_biggrin.gificon_twisted.gif
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    Jan 25, 2013 8:01 PM GMT
    my pride experience was wen i went to my first pride 4 years ago in indy i never thought so man people would be so excepting i could be my self and no one cared who or wat i was as long as i was true to myself ever since than i have been myself and love every moment of iti heard a quote that day and it was something rupaul said how can u love somebody if u cant love urself every since than i dont care watother people think im gona live happy if people aprove or not i dont care . that day changed me forever and im glade it did
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    Jan 25, 2013 8:55 PM GMT
    Was when I saw how happy my friend was when he came out to his family and then I decide to be brave and come out at the gay pride in charleston.
  • wildnm

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    Jan 25, 2013 9:06 PM GMT
    Never been to a pride event! Lol Havent had much time from the ranch. Breaking horses to ride n ranch work takes to much of my time! But the bunkhouse late at night I have my own viewing of a Parade of hot cowboys not two feet from me! What event could be better than that?
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    Jan 26, 2013 5:54 AM GMT
    I think my favorite Gay Pride moment was this past year, Chicago Pride 2012.
    I entered the BudBoyz modeling competition and the judges picked the top 12 they liked the best and then picked from there who they thought fit best and then the voting began for 3 months. I made it into the top 12 but didnt win and the top 3 were able to be present on the BudBoyz float. Sadly,I was not one of them, but because one of my friends was the judges and the website hosting the voting,ChicagoPride.com, they had their own float and I was asked to be on their float for them during the parade. It was a great honor and excitement for me to actually be a part of Pride and seeing everyone out and about showing their support and pride as we went through the Chicago streets seeing everyone it was absolutely amazing. And I got to spend the day with one of my best gay friends. I will never forget it.

    - Chicago's Spider-Man: Seth
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    Jan 27, 2013 3:28 PM GMT
    i never ever have been to one im discrete so i can only go to one out of my country so please choose meeeeeee
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    Jan 27, 2013 4:18 PM GMT
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    JimmyMTL said

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    What a sweet photo! I like!


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    Jan 27, 2013 6:52 PM GMT
    So happy to see all the guys that want to go on a date with me!!! So flattered!!!
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    Jan 27, 2013 9:11 PM GMT
    My first and best gay pride moment oocurred prior to coming out in 1994. While in SD for reserve duty at Balboa, my hotel just east of Hilcrest. Intending to head too the Gas Lamp district. I noticed the beginning of a street fair which turned out to be Gay Pride. Initially I felt over whelmed, my first time in the company of lots of gay people. It definitely helped my gro wth. In fact I still a couple of cool necklaces I bought from a vender.
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    Jan 28, 2013 8:53 AM GMT
    [img]The Pride in Amsterdam is still the best. A parade through the canals that lasts for hours. Millions of people watching it; young, old, straight, gay, families with kids. What a wonderful thng to see that a gaypride is being embraced by all layers of a nation. This is the perfect example for the whole world. Me and my bf were dressed in kilts and had loads of fun. Hundreds of, mostly woman btw, asked us to lift the kilt. My reply every time was" you do it first". Many , of them had no problem and pulled doen their pants instantly. Me lifting my kilt as a reply was food for screaming girls and boys. :-)

    Arjan Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
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    Jan 29, 2013 5:19 PM GMT
    My favorite gay pride til this day was still my first at SF in 2004. I was 18 back then, barely came out to the world and my friends and I decided to go and wow, the sheer amount of gay people roaming around the street amazed me. Then how open everyone was at public affection was something I've never experienced before. Of course, all the rainbow flags throughout market street and the big giant one at castro made me feel proud to be in the community.
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    Jan 30, 2013 6:29 PM GMT
    2 years ago my partner Sam and I went to my FIRST Pride parade - on Southbeach!!!
    I was so excited to be there and be out that I reached for the beads they were tossing from a float and I went flying over a fence and banged my face on the street....I went from Euphoria to busted lip (thank goodness nothing worse) in 1 second......lol
    ps- i got the beads!!!!!!
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    Jan 30, 2013 7:18 PM GMT
    2002 or maybe 03; Columbus:
    Only a few months into a new relationship, so busy juggling it, school, and a new job, I didn't even know it was happening.
    Stopped by traffic on our way cross town to break in the new mountain bike I bought him, he laughed at me for not knowing; like being gay automatically meant you knew every gay event and when it occurs.
    He complained when I began looking for a parking place, having been there and done that, but gave in to my puppy dog pout, soon letting me drag him kicking and screaming to the intersection, some Dyke on a bike almost running us down.
    His attitude, quick to change, when he spotted a high school friend, now total 'lipstick', with her butched up girlfriend on an all girl float. Even quicker to leaving me behind when she yelled for him to join her.
    It was a real turning point in my life, jumping on the back of that crappy rainbow banner-ed farm trailer, shedding any and all self hate, as I ran to catch up, pure authenticity washing over me with every wave--still waving.
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    Jan 30, 2013 7:50 PM GMT
    Missed the two Denver prides parades because I had to work, furthermore, did go to the after parties at JR's and wrangler
    met a date and pretty much fell in love a first sight and did a lot of talking and kissing and holding hands. I offered him my couch for the night and yes I was a gentlemen and still bought him breakfast.

    I had to work the next day but would catch up with him that evening. went to girls place to change and tested him I was coming. went beer bust and going him high, drugged, and drunk and kissing other guys. my heart crushed and than my girl friend started cheering me up but than she got drunk and went searching for a free cig and trying to hook me up with other guys that were not type.

    ended up babysitting drunk girlfriend, a crushed heart and had a bad experience. my first pride weekend.

    would like to win so I have a happier Time during pride.
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    Feb 02, 2013 4:49 PM GMT
    I've only been to one Pride event, that was Oklahoma City last year. Surprisingly enough, OKC has a huge Pride event; from a festival and movie nights in downtown, to a huge parade that has thousands of people at it.

    So last year was the first year I could actually go to a pride event without any issues (DADT was finally removed). On their website, they said they were looking for military folks to be a grand marshall. I signed up for it...not really knowing what to expect.

    After signing up, they then wanted to have my boyfriend be in the parade with me as well -- so we said "Sure". Then they wanted me to be in uniform. I honestly didn't know if that was "allowed" or not -- and I wasn't totally "out" at this point. After much googling and even asking SLDN, and not really getting a solid answer, I finally just said, "Fuck it" and went to the base legal office. They were awesome. did the research and gave me a good answer. It wasn't really the one I was looking for, but it was at least an honest answer and I was treated with respect.

    As pride approached, I was contacted by the Gayly (local newspaper) as they wanted to do an interview with me about DADT and all that jazz. So here I was; first pride ever and I was featured on the front page of a newspaper and in the front line of the parade with my boyfriend. I got to meet either 7 or 8 other couples who had also volunteered - ranging from Air Force (like me) to a cadet in JR ROTC who marched with his parents (WOW!). (granted, the ROTC thing isn't really military, but you get the idea). I ended up meeting a lesbian couple from my base who we still keep in contact with after we both eventually moved away.

    Overall, it was an awesome experience that I don't think will ever be beaten.