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Today's Equality March

I had so much fun at today's Equality March in DC! I settled on LET MY MOMS MARRY for my sign and I got so many responses! "We want Ur moms to marry, too!" "Thank you for coming and supporting them!" "That's fantastic! go you!" I saw a lot of really cool signs, myself. When I offload my camera to my Google Pics, I'll post a link. The quality is probably shitty, but then, I'm an indifferent photographer at best.

I paused for an artistic dance along the march route. 3 guys and 1 girl in boyshorts and bodypaint and nothing else (except the girl was wearing pasties, to stay within the law) were doing a dance showing beauty in diversity and horror in intolerance. I got lots of photos of that. We started at Mcpherson Square, marched down Pennsylvania Avenue, and ended up at the foot of the Capitol Building for the rally. Actually I was amongst the last few people permitted inside the Capitol Building lawn area. Apparently it had reached maximum capacity for the moment. A *lot* of people spoke at the rally. Cynthia Nixon was there and spoke. I heard somebody say James Franco was there, but if he was, he never came out to speak. Lady Gaga was there. And a lot of politicians, and activists, including Matthew Shepherd's mom, Judy. I found a lot of this very very moving, and I was leaking tears all over the place. Especially when Judy Shepherd was talking. And I realized this girl covered in recording equipment was taking a bunch of photos of me. After a couple of glances at her, I kind of pretended she wasn't there, 'cause it looked like she was after the natural look. After she was done, we got to talking. Her name was Katelin from the University of North Carolina and she was doing a journalism class. She asked my permission to use my photos for her class and got my name and email address. She promised to let me know if my photos get posted anywhere. We'll see what happens.

I found out a lot of stuff I didn't know. Like, the guy who put up, literally, half the money for the rally is from Utah. And that one of the senators of Utah is gay. And that that one of that senator's constituents is the LDS church! Amazing!

I left at about 6pm and walked down to Union Station to find something to eat. I stopped off at The Dubliner for dinner and had some Magners and broiled seafood. I got home about quarter after 9. Looked at the extent of my sunburn (pretty much a t-shirt sunburn, and not that bad) and spend the rest of the night in IRC and on the phone with a friend.

I was glad to find out how easy it was to get to the Franconia-Springfield Metro stop. and I also know that the Crystal City stop is on the Blue Line. Anime USA is next month, and I should have my steampunk costume complete by then. I've decided that the custom top hats available from Etsy are a little out of my price-range for the moment, but I do already have a bowler that I can slap a pair of goggles on. Now my question becomes, should I re-color the goggles? they're green. I'll spend tomorrow building the knee-pants. I've already gotten the tailed vest. now I need some kind of white or antique white blouse. I'm honestly not willing to build a blouse yet. at the moment ruffles or flounces, or pleats are very intimidating. I'm keeping an eye out for something relatively inexpensive. I've fallen absolutely in love with this blouse, but if I'm going to spend $98, it's going to be on that Etsy hat. So i'll keep an eye out see what I can find locally for $40 or less.

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mcmiller
Oct. 12th, 2009 04:53 pm (UTC)
For $98, someone on Etsy will custom make a blouse in fabric woven by angels.

Also, I'm glad you had a good time!
lizzibabe
Oct. 13th, 2009 11:23 pm (UTC)
I found another blouse that's just as pretty, plus it's On Sale.
mjlayman
Oct. 12th, 2009 08:36 pm (UTC)
Three Metro stations were closed this weekend, so make sure you know what's open and closed -- track maintenance.

It sounds like the march was not only a good time, but uplifting!
lizzibabe
Oct. 13th, 2009 01:25 am (UTC)
Oh, I paid very close attention to which Metro stops were closed. No worries at all.
shadowlynn
Oct. 13th, 2009 02:38 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a good time and a great rally.
itskoi
Oct. 14th, 2009 03:34 am (UTC)
Sounds like an amazing, positive energy thing to go to. We don't have much like that in burbs where I live, or small city nearby. Once in a while in bigger city 2 hours away, but mostly the Eastern and far Western parts of this country do it.

If your Moms get married, I can play keyboard. ;-)
lizzibabe
Oct. 14th, 2009 10:05 pm (UTC)
That would be ultra-cool!

This is one of the advantages of living so close to Washington DC. I'm taking lots of opportunities to go to stuff like this, because I probably won't be living here forever.
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