so ~~as you may know~~ yesterday was the big senate vote for the legalization of gay marriage in MN! I watched the whole thing and probably horrified my entire twitter feed by livetweeting the event. (Thank you so much to everyone who didn’t swiftly unfollow me… orz;;) But then when it passed I got SO EXCITED and we were gonna go down to the capitol because EXCITEMENT!!!! but then it turned out the party would be today for a rally and to watch the governor sign the bill into law and then there would be a big hubbub downtown to celebrate so—!
pride flags lined Wabasha bridge since yesterday morning and it’s not even pride month yet sd;ljg;sgsdg
I was pretty impatient this morning because as soon as I got up I just wanted to goooooooo uuu. orz;; But I still spent the morning dutifully playing with the cats and cleaning and getting ready.
my NARS polish finally chipped so all night last night I was like “what should I paint my nails with for such an occasion!??!???” and I decided on Daily Lacquer’s Chibiusa since it’s a nice wedding white with little pink heart sparkles.
black cats looking through window screens.
Wag wasn’t feeling too well this morning so I brought her outside so she could enjoy a little Me Time. Please ignore the overturned birdbath-evidently we have some unusually strong birds.
then finally we were able to leave at around 2-ish and we went over to the grocer to pick up some stuff for a picnic. But then when at the grocer I realized I forgot my mom’s garage card (which was our ticket to free parking) so we had to go all the way home, grab the garage card, and then restart our journey. Luckily we still beat rush hour traffic. Though on the way there we saw an overturned tow truck and lots of terrible driving WOO HOO.
welcome to St. Paul.
also for some backstory today was like ridiculously hot. On Sunday we has sleet/snow mix and today it was about 93 degrees. So we were baking every time we were in the sun.
at first we thought we arrived before anyone else but HA FAT CHANCE we just hadn’t gone close enough to the capitol yet.
everyone was clustered under this huge fucking tree since they wanted to stay out of the sun.
actually there was a nearly-astounding amount of plaid. Also, almost everyone seemed to know each other.
Can you see our governor at the podium? He’s the little spec with a gray suit and white hair.
the HRC flag is kinda….. okay.
Anyway there was a parade to downtown St. Paul after all the speeches wrapped up where they sectioned off a few streets and had it set up for a party with some well-liked local bands and a bunch of food trucks.
Steph’s dream has always been to eat at a food truck so we made it a reality and got a semi-cheap ‘smashed’ potato. It was okay I guess. Probably wouldn’t get it again. Three out of five stars.
we sat in this little section of the city that was essentially a fucking wind tunnel. I had to throw away half a banana when a huge gust of wind game by and covered it in dirt.
we also went to Starbucks since we were dying of heat stroke at that point. It felt kind of amazing to sit in the air conditioning and sip cool drinks. Luckily we got there before most of the rest of the crown because after like five minutes of peace it got obnoxiously busy so we left.
then we tried to rejoin the party but idk neither of us are huge party people so. We ended up heading the other direction and chanced seeing Wabasha bridge which was covered in rainbow flags yesterday morning even before the senate voted for marriage equality.
the view from Wabasha is quite nice.
then we went and attempted to rejoin the party but idk. I didn’t feel like there was much of a chance I’d actually socialize with anyone anyway so we decided we’d wander off again—this time toward food. We ate at Fuji Ya which was horrifyingly expensive—tasty, but not $20 worth. But I gulped back five glasses of water and filled my stomach and after that we decided it was getting late anyway and all that was left was nightlife-type stuff we had no interest in (drinking, dancing, willingly talking to strangers…) so we figured we’d head home. Besides, we wanted to be back in time for the evening news to see what they had to say about the day’s events.
the first station we turned on was Fox and, as you’d expect, the biggest and most important thing that was happening in the state all day wasn’t evening worthy of the opening spot to them—no, they’d rather talk about a possible city park in Minneapolis. So much more important, right? And then they only spent like five seconds on the gay marriage bill. Boo fuck you Fox news.
that aside, though, today felt pretty amazing. A lot of social justice people I follow here and in other parts of the ~blogosphere~ tend to give the battle for marriage equality a bad wrap, because it (truthfully) focuses too much on something that is very upper-middle-class and majority white (I couldn’t help but notice that in the middle of the city about 98% of the attendees to the rally were white) and—let’s face it—marriage is just not nearly as important as the suicide rate of trans teens and other similar issues. But seeing the happy faces of everyone, overhearing all these couples making wedding plans and excitedly talking about how they can actually get married in their home state, witnessing the tears of people who have fought so hard for this and thought this kind of equality would never come in their lifetime—it just felt so worth it. It created this strange day in which gay couples—even ones who likely wouldn’t do so otherwise—could walk down the streets holding hands and being intimate like any other couple. It created a day and hopefully a huge step toward a culture where more non-straight couples can actually feel safe in their relationship instead of terrified because of it.
I know there are still so many steps to take toward true equality, and that this doesn’t fix the hate crimes, the exclusion, the erasure of so many in the LGBT community. Having to listen to the anti speeches during yesterdays senate hearing made that abundantly clear. But that doesn’t make what I witnessed and felt today any less beautiful.
one less hurdle out of the way—now we just have many more to smash down in the face of ignorance! For once, in this sad hateful world, I feel like it’s possible!