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Friday, June 17th,

Welcome to the build-up, baby. It happens every year; same bat-time, same bat-place. If you're a San Francisco resident, your senses already know. You meander around the Castro and you wonder who these strangers are; even the ones that look slightly familiar. The noise emanating from the local establishments is unmistakable. Oh and least we forget that, almost daily, line around the Castro Theater. It's not unusual; you're in the final home stretch leading to Gay Pride Weekend, one that should be titled "So Proud and yet So Much to fight for."

Don't misunderstand. I'm not going to grab your lollipop and throw it under a MUNI bus. Lollipops are important. It's also important to remember the journey past as well as the desert ahead.

In New York, the Gay Marriage Bill passed in the Assembly and now goes to a republican led Senate. They need one republican to say yes and it looks like two will but naturally, they couldn't get to it today and if they don't conveniently get to it Monday, then they break for summer. There is after all no rush to equality, when it doesn't affect a good portion of the people doing the voting. If it happens for New York, it will be huge; an incredible victory for equality.

Still in California we wait for this mess called Proposition 8 to be lifted and blown back to Utah. The court cases here have merely been all about the stall. Seems like those Yes on 8 folks want to throw enough logs on the road, while they can figure away around the constitution. They went after after an appeal, so The court has to figure out, if they actually have standing for the appeal. In the meantime, they went after Judge Walker who tried the case. The Yes 8 folks believed because the judge is gay, he should have walked away from the case; this was a big strikeout for them but the waiting continues. It will happen in due time.

It's heartening to see all the folks sending in videos for itgetsbetter.org, it's fantastic to see a few baseball teams get involved (led of course by our World Champion Giants) but it's really moving to see a couple of videos from perfect strangers; Joe Blow actually saying, "hey, it gets better." I admit, I spent a few minutes on the websites (a lifetime for me) and was moved.

Anyway, when you're partying pride weekend and sardined up in your favorite drinking establishment, yelling to talk to your buddy next to you, over the music, take a moment to reflect on the journey. I guarantee you it will not spoil your drink.
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