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August 16, 2011

A Happy Pride, A Sad Fair, Feminist Camp & People That Make You Feel Sanctimonious

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I really do wonder one thing. Us homogays, we’re kind of known for being awesome party people right? We’re known for having kickass parades and mass dance parties. So why oh why, all things considered, does Pride have to be on a Sunday!? I managed to crawl into bed at 4:30am this morning only to wake up three hours later to go entertain eighteen 6 year olds for eight hours.

I’m sure I’m not the only one who had work this morning so I can’t be the only one wondering why the f*ck pride has to be on the eve of the most dreaded day of the week? Or maybe this is just my sleep deprivation angsting out against the world. And yes, I’m aware angsting is not a word. But with this much fatigue, the rules of the English language can be tossed out the window for a while.

So why don’t I mention a little bit about this infamous pride I keep raving about. It. was. awesome.

It didn’t even rain on our parade, as was anticipated by only every other weather channel. Ha! We’re that awesome, we defy the forecast.

There were 2500 participants who paraded down two kilometers of Rene-Levesque boulevard, being watched and supported by tens of thousands of people. There was a variety of trucks and fire engines that carried brief-clad dancers, feathered queens, and super proud babygays! The crowd of spectators and paraders then scattered through the streets up to the gay village where they partayyy’d. It was indeed a very happy pride.

Via@ CBC News

A Sad State of Affairs

As most of you must have heard probably a dozen times, there was also a not so happy accident that occurred over the weekend. Wind can be a bitch sometimes and this was one of those times. It was that which caused a stage to collapse at the Indiana State Fair on Saturday. The stage toppled over before the Sugarland concert, causing four fatalities that very same day and one overnight at the hospital. Additionally, 45 people were taken to hospital sporting injuries due to the stage collapse.

Among the fatal casualties was a well known and loved LGBT activist from Chicago: Chrisitina Santiago (29):

Santiago was the programming manager for the Lesbian Community Care Project at the Howard Brown Health Center, her employer said in a news release Sunday.

“The sudden and devastating loss of Christina has left the entire community, including her Howard Brown Health Center family, heartbroken,” said Jamal M. Edwards, President and CEO of Howard Brown.

“She has been a leading and driving force in the expansion of our women’s health services division and a powerful advocate for all LGBT women,” Edwards said.

Via@ Boston Herald

 My Kinda Summer School 

While the Americas were all up in their own business, the feminists of the UK had their own business to deal with. As a way of training the feminists of today to campaign effectively tomorrow, a two-day summer camp took place over the weekend. The UK Feminista summer school, held in Birmingham attracted about 500 ‘campers’ including a multitude of men.

Jacob Mirzaian, a 22-year-old student at Leeds University, agreed. One of several men to attend the summer school, he said he had been interested in feminism since school.

“I reckon that if there is this fissure between men and women, then that’s something that everyone suffers from,” he said. The issues being discussed, he said, had affected the women in his life, including his mother: “It’s a second-hand experience.”

As wide-reaching and forward-looking as the contemporary movement is, however, many younger feminists are aware of the negative connotations from which it still suffers in mainstream society. “I think there’s a massive image problem which sometimes is not helped by women who do not represent feminism in the best way, using it as a catchword to seem ‘edgy’ and ‘rebellious’,” said Rachelle Hunt, 22, a student at Bradford University, singling out popstars and celebrities for criticism.

Via @ Huffington Post

Douchebag douchebaggery award for douchebaggertiness

On a lighter note, I discovered a man who is so beyond my comprehension that he doesn’t even merit the Douchebag Award. Nope, this special one right here wins the Brainless Being Award. I mean, I really can’t even…

Ismael Ambrosio of Florida already had a few run-ins with the police last January 2010 due to fraud as well as petty theft. As opposed to getting his shit together, the smart chap decided to ink his face permanently. His dislike of the police is evident now, thanks to his tattoo which reads ‘Fuck the Police’

via@huffingtonpost

Does anyone understand Bieber Fever? Please explain.

Baby Baby Baby Oooh… your fans are throwing themselves on the floor because they can’t see you. Oh Biebs, que amor!

Via @ Huffington Post

Also…

If, unlike me, you were perhaps rolling out of bed today at 2pm, thanks to unemployment, Steve Gillman has 10 Wierd Jobs you can turn into businesses



About the Author

Nikki
Nikki
|Montreal/Guelph Contributor| You'll find me rambling, ranting and raving about everything; from feminism and religion to relationships and fashion. I'm an avid procrastinator and full-time perfectionist. I have an obsession with semi-colons and use them irrationally. I love books, reading stuff on the internet, and writing everything down. Winter makes me cry and I always crave chocolate and the sun.




 
 

 
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