Update for June 2009

 

Sunday, June 28, 2009 9:000pm EDT  **40th Anniversary of the Gay riots at the Stonewall Inn**

Every last Sunday in June, we remember the start of the several day of riots at the Stonewall Inn in New York City that started the modern day Gay rights movement in 1969.  Prior to that, couples of the same sex could not dance together, could not cross dress and were routinely threatened and subjected to police harassment. With this being the 40th Anniversary, we had a huge March down 5th Avenue today to celebrate our diversity and mark how far we have come in the past 40 years since those dark days.  Being a March Manager, I was right in the middle of it at 52nd and 5th Avenue where the March is merged with it's floats and marchers.  Pictures later.

 

Saturday, June 27, 2009 9:45pm EDT

It has been a long time since I wrote anything here.  Sorry for my absence.  I have been in a bit of a funk since Dan passed on.  Really hit be hard but was not showing it and making sure things got done.  Have also been very busy with a host of volunteer work and work itself.  I have to be in Manhattan at 5:45am in the morning to help move the formation area trucks for the world's largest LGBT March down 5th Avenue tomorrow.  So this can not be long since I still have things to do before getting some sleep.  But I wanted to write something here.  It has been a very busy month which has helped me stay mildly depressed with everything.  Tiffany passed on in March, Edward left in March for Washington state (oh, I heard from him.  He got A's in his classes and will return in a few weeks).  And then Dan was killed in mid-April in a car wreck.  Sigh.  So difficult to think about but something that is needed.  On the up side of things, I have a huge responsibility tomorrow by merging the floats with the marchers at 52nd and 5th Avenue and sending them on down the street.  Guess it's time for some sleep but it was a start to get some of my thoughts down.  Here is a shot off of the Cherry Grove Dock looking toward Long Island during Memorial Day just before I raised the flags back to full staff.