July 10, 2013

Chicago Pride

This post is overdue, but I just learned about this fantastic app called Instacollage, which allowed me to put all my pics together into one image for your viewing pleasure. I've wanted to know how to do this for a long time, but since I don't use Instagram, I feel behind the world. ha!

Anyway, this image is from our trip to the city last weekend with my sister, her boyfriend, and some friends for the Gay Pride Parade. It was actually my first time attending, though I've wanted to go for years. I found some fun rainbow wigs for the occasion and knew they'd be perfect for us sisters at this event.

It was a beautiful day, both in weather and spirit. There's something magical about seeing a million people (literally) come together to celebrate love. We were actually right across the street from where the "haters" set up their camp, spewing hatred in every direction. This was toward the end of the parade route, which typically means the participants are running on fumes, but as soon as they saw this group, it really revved them up again, making this a great spot to view the parade.

I wish I had gotten a picture of them, but there was a group of Christians who stood directly in front of this group with a big banner that said, "We're sorry for the hurt the church has caused you." I got chills as soon as I saw them, as they embraced parade participants. Clearly, this group and I know the same God!

I also want to give a shout out to the man dressed as Jesus who literally stood in that spot for HOURS holding the, "I'm not with these guys" sign. I wanted to hug him as I walked by, but I simply told him he was amazing! And if you can see the "Secretly Gay" sign... we met the guy who made it and gave him a couple beers. I love these people who stand up against criticism. 

Keep spreading the love, Chicago! You make me proud!

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