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Gay Pride Parade Reflects Great Progress ~ continued from page 1

As a veteran, I was pleased to see the British Embassy contingent led by military officers, though, as a local, I wish there had been more recognition of local groups by positioning them early in the parade. As always, I was pleased to see Deacon join in the celebration that he long ago started.

photo—Phil Carney.

I remember from years ago a planned mural on McDonald’s south wall overlooking the 17th and Corcoran Streets intersection that would include LGBT couples. But McDonald said no way, and yet now they are a Pride sponsor.

photo—Phil Carney.

I was pleased to see the Baltimore-Washington Methodist Bishop march in the parade for her first time. Last year she blocked two LGBT persons seeking to become ordained; this year she allowed the vote and over two-thirds of Methodist ministers in this area approved.

Passing by JR’s Bar & Grill at Church St. photo—Phil Carney.

I was pleased that the Gay Men’s Chorus of DC was to participate in the 50th anniversary of Stonewall in New York City and sing at the Statue of Liberty!

photo—Phil Carney

With no disrespect for Stonewall, however, DC resident Frank Kameny was working for LGBT rights long before Stonewall. Frank always said that we advance rights not by demonstrating and yelling, but by putting on coat and tie, making an appointment, and confronting opponents in their offices. He was most proud of his slogan, “Gay Is Good.” I’m honored to live on 17th Street, NW — part of which is dedicated to Frank Kameny nine years ago this month.

 

Residents of the historic Cairo’s upper floors had a fine view as the parade was crossing Q St. headed to 17th & P where it turned east ro 14th. photo—Phil Carney.

 

photo—Phil Carney.

 

photo—Phil Carney.

 

photo—Phil Carney.