Archive for June, 2008

The parade.

Posted in life, politics on 29 June, 2008 by Katie Carroll

Today was the 30th anniversary of San Francisco’s LGBT Pride Parade, and I was in it. To set the record straight (no pun intended), I am straight. And let me tell you, heterosexuality has yet to do me any big favors. But the cool thing about the pride parade is that it doesn’t matter. When we were walking to the parade from our hotel, I figured what I would like the most would be the outlandish costumes, crazy floats and decorated cars, and the much-rumored general chaos. And while the parade was probably one of the most orderly events I’ve ever seen, it definitely provided the ‘typical’ (clearly a relative term) fare, replete with fairies, rainbows, and Cyndi Lauper. My favorite part, though, was something that couldn’t be captured on camera, or dusted in glitter: pride itself. The general vibe of the whole event was one of abundant, effervescent happiness and acceptance. It didn’t matter that the guy next to me in the tutu and I both like guys. Above all, I loved seeing all the average people walking around holding hands, or carrying signs saying things like “Justly Married”, “Engaged for 23 Years”, or “We’re Here, We’re Queer, We’re Registered at Macy’s”. People were hugging each other, complimenting each other’s clothes, dogs, purses. Everyone was just happy.

We marched in the parade for Mark Leno, a State Assemblyman who is currently running for State Senate. He’s known my mom since about third grade, and I’m pretty sure I’ve been hearing about Mark for about as long. I was excited to meet him, and excited to represent him in the parade. When we were walking with the other Leno supporters, people were cheering and shouting “thank you” from the sidewalks–it was unbelievable being a part of it all. And it was really cool seeing Mark embrace my mom, and talk about high school and things like that; I can’t even really describe why it touched me so much, but it did.

To top it all off, he offered me an internship. 🙂


The beginning.

Posted in life on 25 June, 2008 by Katie Carroll

It’s not New Year’s. It’s not my birthday. It’s not any day worth noting, and yet I’ve decided to start a blog. I can’t even really say why, of all times in my life, today is the proper time to begin recording my thoughts, events, and musings, but I think it has something to do with this being a crossroads in my life. I’m going to start my sophomore year of college in August, with no clue as to what I’m going to do from that point on, and I feel like this vulnerable era has planted me solidly in my own head. I need to get all of my jumbled ideas, fears, and feelings down on–well, if not paper, at least the 21st century equivalent. 

So I’m starting a blog. It’s not really a beginning, I think–it’s just a different incarnation of what has been buzzing around in my brain since birth. I hope that this provides an outlet for my musings, and perhaps even becomes my own muse, so I can rediscover my long-quenched creativity. 

Here goes nothing.