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10 June 2002

An otherwise lovely afternoon was marred by an unfortunate ending.

prideflag.jpg (23454 bytes) Today was Davis' Gay Pride celebration, always a joyous occasion. The gay community is strongly supported in this town, evidenced by the rainbow flag flying from the tall flagpole over the community park where the event was held, and the proclamations read by the mayor, a county supervisor, and a state assemblywoman. It was also announced that the County Board of Supervisors had declared June as Gay Pride month in Yolo county.

The theme of this year's event was gay families, and support for gay families.   The park was decorated with posters containing photos of Davis gay families.  Many gay couples (and gay single parents) came out, bringing their children with them for a day of fun in the sun.

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A photographer was on hand to take free portraits of parents and their kids, there was an area set aside for kids to do craft projects, play with bubble soap, go fishing for prizes, or to have their faces painted.   Parents sat with their kids to listen to music, enjoy a picnic lunch, and talk with friends. 

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In the middle of the afternoon there was a water balloon toss.  The park carousel was going all afternoon.  Parents took their kids to play in the nearby playground.  Taiko drummers came to perform and spent time teaching the kids how to play the Taiko drums.

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Local merchants had overwhelmingly supported the event by donating hundreds of dollars worth of door prizes. I helped work the prize table and we gave away something like 130 different dinners, theatre tickets, certificates for massage, for music, for books, etc., etc.

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Many different musical artists performed (last year Steve performed at this event), and since the prize table was positioned right next to the stage, we had a great view of everything, including the chance to take close up pictures of the little kids in the audience.

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My friends Sam and Coco, from Breaking Barriers, set up a fantastic picnic and fixed up a plate of food for me to eat (and later delivered some watermelon for me to the prize table).

All in all, it was a wonderful day of friendship, camaraderie, entertainment, and joy.

Until the teenagers showed up.

The teens who threw glass bottles containing some sort of smelling substance. The bottles broke and spread glass all over the place.

When a security guard asked them to stop and pointed out that there were little kids who could get hurt, the kids said, "We don't care; we hate gays." What in the world was so threatening to these adolescents about a family picnic that they had to callously put the health of small children in jeopardy?

I will never understand hate. Or bigotry.

Quote of the Day

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Picture of the Day

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"We don't care.  We hate gays"

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