75 selects from this year's big day.
Kudos to everyone involved, including Seattle Pride, Encore Media Group and Northwest Polite Society. 50,000 guides will be inside next week's Seattle Weekly and distributed at businesses around town. Here are a few of the selects that ran inside...
He put it in front of 1.25 million followers, but the watermark was cropped off. Dangit!
At least Mama, who's living up this gone-viral stuff and at this point has tallied 1,661,715 million views on YouTube, likes another shot enough for it to be her profile pic on Twitter. If only the focus wasn't soft!
Was picking up my afternoon bubble tea smoothie at Gossip and thought I'd flip through the latest Northwest Asian Weekly to look for a photo I'd contributed of Gender Justice League marching at Pride. Made the bottom fold!
Saturday morning, after George Takei remarked how beautiful Aleksa Manila was, I asked him if he's ever done drag. At first he said no, but then he owned up to dressing in drag once with two friends in high school. George and his husband Brad were both very genuine and giving of their time all weekend, and it was just a really great opportunity to be able to meet them. Still, I'll always be left wondering what could have been had they shared one of my images with George's 7M+ fans on facebook...
This is one of my favorite portraits from Pride this year. I think mostly because it was close to the end of the parade and my memory cards were full, and so I had just one shot left. But, with the symmetry of the sky and Waxie's outfit, that one snap came out damn near perfect.
Joined by supporting troops and allies, It was good to see Seattle’s 98th Rainier troop lead the Seattle Pride Parade as the Official Color Guard for the second straight year. I finally got to meet Scoutmaster Geoffrey McGrath, who's been in national news since he received notice April 1st that the Boy Scouts of America had revoked his membership for being openly gay, as well as Troop 98's charter two weeks later. Now the troop is with Baden-Powell Service Association, which is fully inclusive and coeducational. McGrath told Seattle Pride: "Were BSA to change, I’d love to [return]. But we have girls in our unit and wouldn’t leave them by the side of the road to return to BSA. It is the fully-inclusive future that all of us want, and it’s possible to live that scouting life now.”
The start of Sunday's parade sure was intense. I was photographing co-hosts Mama Tits and Sylvia O'Stayformore with Grand Marshall George Takei and his husband Brad when we heard a protestor's megaphone and looked over to see a group of anti-gay protestors disrupting the festivities and claiming the love of Jesus. Parade participants quickly formed a "Wall of Love" so they couldn't pass. Police lined up in between the two sides. While everyone remained composed for the most part, emotions were high and I was shaking. One man had to be restrained by a girl wearing rainbow wings. I ventured over to get some shots from the protestors' viewpoint and was shoved. I shoved back. It was a police officer. Oops! Fortunately we kept it real, he didn't escalate the situation and, after some words, that was that. Once things had calmed down, he apologized and shook my hand, saying we all get worked up. (I should've remarked that, yes, we do, but he's the one carrying a gun.) His gesture was followed by nearly every other officer involved in the skirmish, and I was couldn't have been more impressed. Also, surprised.
At the same time, Pride superstar Mama Tits did what she does best to drown out the fundamentalists' noise. I missed the moment, but I'm glad Dee Plunkett Vanderlin snapped her standing "TITS to face with HATE" [the man with the megaphone]. Our friend Gena Apo filmed Mama's rousing performance, which has since gone viral.
Above is a GIF I made (my first ever!) of one moment, and here's more from my perspective.
I've never been happier than today, and I don't think it was the pot cookie. So much to share! And it was also the first time my legs have cramped up on the job - repeatedly, there was so much running. I didn't know I could run backwards so fast either. But my feets felt good because of the new insoles! Anyway, here's a snap my good friend Dru Dinero took of my team of Official Photographers at the Seattle Pride's 40th Anniversary today - Brad Jensen, Aaron Smith and Jennifer DeLeo. Not pictured: Jonathan Vanderweit, who's also a handsome feller!
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