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Sorry for not responding, I've been in the US for a week and found it hard to find time for the internet.
And I've come at exactly the right time! Two days into the holiday, the US legalises marriage nationwide. There were a handful of pride flags in Boston. Then when I arrived in NYC on the 28th, even from the station I saw plenty of people with pride flags. Apparently it was the day of the pride parade, but I only saw a rainbow arch right next to a men's underwear store. :P It felt so open and welcoming anyway, with #lovewins written on chalkboards outside restaurants and similar. I took a bunch of photos which I'll need to upload at some point. It genuinely thrilled me - not even in the UK have I seen so much positive affirmation. The battle's not over yet - people still have the closet to fear, yet it's becoming easier. I have a string of Facebook friends with rainbow profiles, it's great.
No-one in the US seems interested in my Grindr though. Thanks US. :P
My last day in NYC was spent with my NJ friend; ended up entering the Hedwig and the Angry Inch lottery and won it! Lost Fun Home though, but I did buy Alison Bechdel's other book (Are You My Mother or something like that) from Barnes and Noble. So yeah, I saw Darren Criss live on stage, and it was glorious. As was the play; I'll need to check out the film version at some point too. Amongst all the comedy and amazing songs and, uh dry humping the audience, there's a wonderful message of the facets of sexual identity and gender identity and finding 'the one' that has formed the part of mythology, if 'the one' even exists. Rebecca Naomi Jones is a wonderful singer too, even though she doesn't get many lines.
And of course there were some not so subtle references to John Cameron Mitchell, Turn Off the Dark, Chris Colfer and so on... Definitely worth seeing it performed live and Taye Diggs will be taking up the role later this month. Glad I didn't bring my parents either, because, uh, my mum thinks the whole of the musical world is Chicago style glitz. Oops. I'm not entirely comfortable with Glee b/c *ex memories* (still undecided on whether I should check out Struck by Lightning), but hey, Darren Criss is hot. I was one of the hundred odd people waiting outside stage door for ninety minutes to see Darren and in the end I had to give up because, y'know, I'd been out for 15 hours at that point, my friend needed to get his late bus back to NJ and if I'd stayed any longer my parents would have had issues, but hey, if I hadn't them there I'd have happily stayed until 12 or 1am. :P It felt like a whole community there with plenty of LGBT people there too - me and my NJ friend for a start, but also the girl I talked to briefly who was there for her girlfriend's 21st, or the lesbian couple I saw kissing whilst waiting for the lottery results for the tickets.
Although one negative aspect of the US is there's less control over adverts. Mum settled on watching The Weather Channel (???) and there was a hastily put together commercial, stock images included, basically saying "the Supreme Court passed gay marriage, we don't like that, we're Christian, phone us up and sign our petition", the voiceover ending with a man and his wife hugging on the beach. Ah, heterosexuality, where you can get married on the beach. TLDR; don't watch obscure documentary channels in the US
EDIT: Oh and the Playbill is LGBT themed, complete with interviews with George Takei etc.
Aaannnddd Levi's seem to be doing rainbow shirts but they're probably expensive
Aannnddd my local pride is in less than a month (gonna be shit but hey, at least it's something)
You should watch Struck by Lightning... it's a quaint lil movie with that characteristic slow indie feel... (i watched it mostly out of jealously that someone near my age has already written and made his own movie and hear I am just trying to be writer.... and not quit getting there)
You guys... MIDNIGHTER. Please read it. The art was meh this week but the writing is so strong; such great pacing, power usage, character study... it has it all. It's got it all! Apollo appeared this week too. I'm all in.
I'm a fighter. I fight for normal people. But I'll never be one. I'm not a hero. Some people can't handle that.