On Saturday I attended the Orlando Join the Impact rally, which was a peaceful protest in support of equality for gay Americans. These protests happened nationwide on Saturday and attracted throngs of people to every city where they were held.
This was my first protest, and I learned a few things.
1. There are no set rules for protest etiquette. I mean, you’d think if you’re going to be standing there for a few hours, they’d have milk and cookies or pass around hors d’eouvres, right? But no. And when I asked anyone if they knew where the protest concierge was so I could check my umbrella, people looked at me like I was crazy! Nobody would validate my parking, either, and there wasn’t a single concession stand to be seen. I looked for an hour!
2. The gay protesters’ signs were not any better than any other signs. I totally thought that with all of that creativity, fierceness, and general artistic ability that seem to appear in a higher majority of gays than straights that each poster would be a work of art. But no. Most of them looked like this one:
3. Standing with James with Emma’s empty baby stroller between us while Britt, Emma and Devin walked around and took pictures looked more like we were a gay couple who were making a statement with an empty stroller than we were two straight men who were just standing by an empty stroller.
4. It’s harder to write protest chants than you think. Some of the failed ones I came up with included “No, YOU’RE Gay!”, “Eve fucked Adam in the ass and he liked it”, “Gay men should be able to give each other pearl necklaces for a wedding anniversary just like any couple” and “Heart is where the homo is.” I guess I just couldn’t get the cadence right.
5. If you drop a pen, do NOT bend over to pick it up.
Over all, it was a great experience, and it was amazing to see so many people gathered together for the cause. I cannot understand how anyone could vote to take away someone else’s rights and make them a second-class citizen, and I just wish there was more I could do to help the gay community become equal in the eyes of the close-minded who hide behind Bibles to try to justify their hatemongering.