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PrideMarch7 | by akatzphoto
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n the wake of SCOTUS's recent decision overturning the odious Defense of Marriage Act & declining to review a lower court's ruling against California's vile Proposition 8, this year's Pride March swelled with a joy that was truly infectious.


Just being there, in contact with people whose lives were different from mine in very significant ways, but who were also brave & strong & unwilling to falter in their quest for simplest & most fundamental thing--equality--felt like a rare privilege.


Men in gold lame booty shorts, the glitter on their buff torsos dancing in the sunlight, women riding Harleys with nothing but triumphant smiles above their waists, ancient couples, humongous teenagers in tiny cutoff jeans & rainbow knee socks, hairy men in tight leather trousers & chrome-studded dog collar neckties, guys who look like Chris Pine holding hands with guys who look like Zac Efron; girls who look like Dakota Fanning smooching girls who look like Blake Lively; fat men without shirts, rainbow tattoos across their sternums & tiny dogs riding wide-eyed on their bare shoulders....


& so on....


It was life at its very best, & it was all just so fucking beautiful.

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Taken on June 30, 2013