Saturday, June 1, 2013

Southern New Mexico Pride Festival 2013

Cheryl and I had a late night of wild eating and Mexican Train with her neighbors. She made a vegan New Mexico apple pie that we nommed like nombies.  

Luckily, the farmer's market doesn't judge you if you get there late and undercaffeinated. 











Then we headed for Pioneer Women's Park for a big dose of FABulous at the Southern New Mexico Pride Festival.


Amber knew her stuff, and answered all my PoliSci questions


























DANG-tootin' you are!

















Lots of families, and a kid's area where Cheryl and I tattooed ourselves.

Trivia that's not trivial:



If you're jealous of all the cool gay swag and rainbow vibes we encountered today, be green no longer. June is Pride Month, so hunt yourself up a good parade or festival and get some fabulous on you.



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27 comments:

Soaring Sun said...

Wow, what a great day!

Good Luck Duck said...

It was!

Desert Diva said...

It was hot outside, but really fun! OMG, that Cali is a WILD girl! :-)

Pam said...

Looks like a fun day. I think I'm hanging out in the wrong part of New Mexico. Wildfires are decidedly NOT fabulous. :-(

Dragonfly said...

Another reason I have a little property in NM. Good vibes all around.

Steven said...

Until there's a Mexican restaurant that can provide me with a decent pair of chopsticks when I sit down for a meal ... my people will never be truly ... FLEE!!!

Steven said...

Just to clarify. My jokey thing isn't meant to diminish the Pride Festival ... I've got a fabulous cousin whom I stand firmly in support with in this and she me in my quest to have chopsticks available upon request at all eating establisments

Btw, I'm in the neighborhood'ish.

Sherry said...

Sounds like a fun day.

Good Luck Duck said...

It was good, Sherry.

Steve, you're nearby? While one of us struggles to get decent eating utensils, none of us is free.

Ooh, Dragonfly, I'm a little jealous. Even with all my cool gay swag and rainbow vibes.

No, Pam, wildfires are gross, and nobody wants to celebrate them with a festival.

That Cali is exuberant!

Jim and Sandie said...

I was lucky enough to be in San Francisco one year (many years ago) for their Gay Pride Festival. My good friends took me and we had such a great time. It was a little bigger than yours but the same amount of good time.

Kate said...

Yay Pride! Extra-yay for New Mexico actually doing things right for trans* people, especially since they're right next to Arizona whoch is trying SO SO HARD to do it SO SO WRONG.

Pat said...

I'm thinking about starting a line of LBGT Ally t shirts. It must be a huge market. Of course, someone else must of thought of this. In which case, I'll just buy one of their tees and go with my second choice. Being a nude bookseller in Quartzite.

Tesaje said...

I'm neither pro nor anti LGBT people. I'm not one of them. What I am for is letting people who harm no one be themselves and let them be. It is no big deal if they want to marry each other and they should have the benefits awarded to any married couples and treated as the people they are - not just for who they love. The states that are still so virulently anti-gay seem so full of fear and hatred of made up dangers. For me, it is a litmus test of places I would like because of a majority populace that values tolerance and kindness. The anti places feel uncomfortable to dangerous to me because a majority run on fear and hatred of anyone who doesn't fit their narrow beliefs and facts don't ever dent their brains. Plus they keep threatening violence to anyone who doesn't toe their totalitarian line. As a solo adventurous woman, such attitudes make my life more difficult and dangerous.

Nice to see NM is in the tolerant category.

Paul and Marti Dahl said...

What? No pictures of your tattoos? I can only imagine what you chose at the kiddie's tattoo parlor! :cD

Linda Sand said...

Minneapolis is not a bad place to be GLB or T if you can handle winter. We know one person who went from male to female without changing jobs--not a lot of places you could do that, I think. The company even paid for sensitivity training for co-workers at the beginning of his/her transition. C'mon up; the weather is fine. :)

Steven said...

I am. I'm in New Mexico. I emailed you where I'm at, but I'm staying at a different RV Park instead of the one named.

Good Luck Duck said...

Steve, let's keep in touch and see if we can be in the same place sometime soon. We're both mobile - how hard could it be...?

Linda, I've heard good things about Minneapolis in a lot of aspects. Then there's winter. Gulp. That's great news about your friend, and her company being proactive at keeping her and keeping the workplace comfortable.

Marti, I took a picture of my tattoo, but, coincidentally, it showed my wrinkly, freckly, sun-kissed skin. No.

Lol, Mary. I know what you're saying. Yes, a fearful population is bad news for any "others."

Pat, no one would do the naked bookseller thing - I'm sure that market is wide open. Wide open.

I hear you, Kate. Arizona makes me shake my head for a lot of reasons. Fine scenery, though.

San Francisco Pride must be off-the-charts, Sandie.

Bill said...

Wonderful. But I must admit that as I saw these photos I sighed (in sadness). I can't imagine a festival like this here, where the population enthusiastically amends the state constitution to prohibit same-sex marriage, where political candidates proclaim (in Orwellian double-speak) that they are "pro marriage" and where it's nearly impossible to find an open and affirming congregation to worship with.

Things are changing, but they change slowly here.

Thanks for this great reminder that it isn't like this everywhere.

Good Luck Duck said...

I'm sighing with (and for) you, Bill. I thought I could discover where you are by the constitutional amendment clue, but my wikimap tells me you could be almost anywhere.

I didn't show a lot of it, but I was gratified at the number of churches who tabled at this festival. Which indicates not just official resignation to our presence, but outright please choose us-edness.

Solidarity, my friend.

Mary Tipton said...

Looks like y'all had a wonderful time. The Pride festival is now on our list of festivals we will be visiting next year!

Good Luck Duck said...

Mary, this festival wasn't outrageous (like I hope San Francisco's and NYC's are), but it was low-key and fun. Definitely worth attending.

JO said...

Your sure you want to leave? So many things to do and see. I just love the colores so much. Such a happy place.

Good Luck Duck said...

Jo, Las Cruces is a sleeper. You think there's not much going on, but there's quite a bit of activity and diversity. I want to go, and I want to stay.

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wheelingit said...

Wonderful pics of a good festival. I've attended many great Pride Parades over the years incl. San Francisco (now, THAT's a big one!!) and Palm Springs. I definitely wish for equality for all. Still can't believe so many places are not "on" with this.

Are you staying in NM or following the Diva to OR? We're in OR of course so I know it will be mighty tempting to go that way :)

Nina

Good Luck Duck said...

Hi Nina! I'll be staying in NM for a while. I've been waiting a long time to see this state! Although, Cheryl has been unintentionally luring me toward the PNW with talk of ocean and greenery. And you guys! And Russ and Donna. And Eugene and Bend. And ocean.

wheelingit said...

NM is lovely. If you decide to buy the State Park Pass you can pretty much just bounce around from park to park and see it all. When it gets hot, the area up by Taos (esp. around Eagle Nest) stays pretty cool. I have secret info on boondocking there which I can send you when/if required. Blogger "Me & My Dog" spends a lot of time hopping around NM so you may well cross paths w/ her this summer. Also, up by Taos there may still be a lady living in her Beetle car in The National Forest(she goes there every year and we met her a few years back -> wonderful lady).
Nina

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