I took part in the Prop Hate protest last night in downtown Portland. We had a good crowd, well over 100, although I was expecting and hoping for more. Folks brought homemade signs and we chanted and marched from the waterfront to the courthouse. The most inspiring part was what happened on the march - folks hanging out in the parks or eating outside at cafes left whatever they were doing and joined in, and cars, taxis, and even a whole max train (!) honked their horns like crazy to encourage us. That was awesome.
A couple of crazy things happened to me at the protest, because it wouldn't be me unless something crazy happened - one attendee, this awesome guy named John, asked me to speak to the television crews present to explain why I was attending as a straight supporter. He kept touching my hair and saying my fabulous hair and sunglasses made me the perfect spokesperson. I felt torn - I'm very proud to be a marriage equality supporter, and I do have great hair, but I am a terrible speaker. I just knew I would pretty much screw it up. So I fought it for a few minutes but eventually gave in to John. I'd actually brought my six foot rainbow feather boa to the event but decided to leave it in the car because it was a mellow crowd and I specifically didn't want to attract (media) attention. So I gave an interview to some station, totally messing it up, forgetting how to spell my name, and that was that. I think they probably scrapped it.
So after my fifteen seconds of fame, I decided, screw it, I need my fabulous boa, and went to the car to pretty myself up. That thing makes a statement. Wouldn't you know five minutes later I'm standing in the middle of 100 people and I hear someone yell, "OH MY GOD, (insert my full name here)!" I turned around to see someone I literally haven't seen since high school, over 20 years ago. My first thought as I stood there in the middle of a gay rights protest wrapped in a rainbow feather boa? No wonder I can't get a date in this town.
Click on the photos to embiggen. My favorite is the second, the gay agenda.