by Angeliska on May 12, 2012
It’s almost that time again, y’all – time for Austin’s very own homegrown glittery juggernaut of a rogue queer pride parade takes to the streets and lets out a joyful noise! We’re planning and building and painting and working to get it all done to roll out June 2nd, and we only have a few days left to raise the last bit of money to make this beautiful monster of a parade and rally happen! We are SO close! If you’ve got anything to spare towards helping to create a true celebration of freedom in Austin, Texas – I can tell you, we would all be hugely grateful! Queerbomb is a non-profit, community organized event – by and for the people. It’s all free – always and forever, and all ages are welcome! If you don’t know already, here’s what it’s all about:
Going back over my photos from last year’s Queerbomb, I’m stepping back a bit and trying to forget for a moment that I am looking at pictures of my amazing friends who I love and admire, and just see them as faces, as people. I am struck most by how happy and comfortable in their own skin they all are – how truly filled with PRIDE they all are. Each and every person pictured here is proud to be who they are, proud to stand up for their rights, proud to dance in the streets of their city wearing sequins and fringe and fishnets and whatnot. Not one of these people carries fear or shame in their faces or in their bodies about who they are. I think that’s the most beautiful thing I could imagine – to picture a world where everyone felt free to whirl and twirl, to hold hands with the person they love in public, to not worry about standing out, or looking silly or odd, but to freely embrace all of that. These faces are strong, are indomitable, courageous, outrageous, creative, and so incredibly precious to me. They are my community. They are Queerbomb.
I really love these shots of the parade, by my friend Ariela Baragona (Skellesix Photo) – these last few are all hers:
If you’re in Austin, come be a part of it this year. Even if you’re not – spread the word, contribute, or start your own Queerbomb – wherever you are!
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