So, Jason and I had decided that we WERE NOT going to officially attempt to do anything for pride. We knew, being at the corner of Gay & Gay, it was going to happen... there's just nothing we can do to stop it, and I think when we moved in our landlord made indications that if we didn't throw a party, well, it was a waste of the apartment. So we just threw some things together, and let things happen.
And holy shit.
It was mellow enough to begin with, and when friends started showing up and hanging out, having drinks, it was a good time for all. Then the shit started going down.
From naked people on the balcony (okay, I admit it, Austin and I managed to collectively start that one off... but it wasn't supposed to go as far as it did), to MORE people getting naked on the balcony, to people climbing the ladder on the fire escape up to my LANDLORD's landing (thanks), to the GHETTO that arrived. Broken poster glass, random people, friends of friends of friends of friends, people skirting other people in the gate, it just turned into a crazy night. I have pictures of a lot of it... arguably more than I should (and I'm not posting those), but I'd say that overall, it was a fun night. There were some times that I could have done without ("EXCUSE ME... ANYONE THAT DOESN'T KNOW MY NAME WILL HAVE TO LEAVE!"), but it was still a really good time.
I heard last night (and am reading a lot today) about people not thinking the excessive nudity on the balcony was in anything even remotely relating to good taste... but honestly, it was all in fun. I mean, Pride isn't just about politics (and arguably I wish it were less so), it's about celebrating the gay community and the sexual freedom from opression and judgement that it represents. In that way, pornography, excessiveness, and stereotype breaking, are part of our culture... and the desire of "cute young boys", etc., though not globally agreed on, are more frequent than not. So, as crass as it may be, it's not something that I personally have a problem with. It's fun, playful, over-the-top, in one of the only venues where such things can happen.
Plus, if you're no longer in your early 20's, think about how it was when you were... you may not have gone so far as to strip down and stand on a balcony... but having thousands (litterally) of people scream your name and desire you... yeah, okay, it's gratuitous, but it's still incredibly flattering.. the ultimate ego-boost. It's better than that one look you're going to get from one boy in a bar. You may disagree with the method... but when you're in that moment, it's still fun, and it still makes you feel good.