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June 27th, 2008
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Has Been Fun
I had a fun time at Mayor Bloomberg's Gay Pride Party on Tuesday night. I think it's officially the Mayoral Pride Celebration. I got an invitation through work. Many years ago, I used to go to this regularly, being invited due to my activism in gay parenting and HIV/AIDS work.

It's held on the lawn at Gracie Mansion.
There's food and drink and music and presentations. I walked in and didn't know anyone and felt like a total has been. But I struck up a conversation with a couple of people and generally enjoyed myself. Bloomberg spoke, as did Christine Quinn (Speaker of the City Council - first woman and first openly gay person to have that job) and also Isaac Mizrahi, who was very funny. Bloomberg was pushing for Quinn as his successor (we have term limits in NYC).

After the presentations I managed to find some folks I knew, including my friend Chuck, whom I hadn't seen since Zara's bat mitzvah. He said, "Do you come to this every year?"

I said, "I haven't been invited since the Dinkins administration." He said that he thought he was last invited during the Koch administration. For a Democratic city, we've had a long Republican mayoral stretch! Chuck and I had a fun time being has beens together :-).

The mayor announced a new advertising initiative to try to get more gay and lesbian tourists to NYC. The campaign's slogan is "This is Pride" - part of the overall "This is New York City" campaign. We all got colorful luggage tags with the slogan on them.

I don't know that I'm doing anything else for Pride Week this year, so I'm particularly glad I got to go to this.

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From:talktooloose
Date:June 27th, 2008 03:41 pm (UTC)
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Sounds like an interesting time. Good for you for finding people to talk to when you entered alone. I always find that very intimidating.

I'm curious what you thought about the riff on Koch (funny kinda-Freudian misspelling in your post) in Shortbus.

Pride's going to be pretty cold and rainy this weekend, though if it's just cool and overcast for the parade, that will be way better than the usual 30C and sunny.
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From:mofic
Date:June 27th, 2008 04:29 pm (UTC)
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Thanks for the "good for you" - I find that intimidating, too.

I don't know what Shortbus is (and I fixed the typo).

I got poured on at Brooklyn Pride, but it was fun anyway.
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From:libgirl
Date:July 2nd, 2008 02:08 am (UTC)
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Maybe it's me but the mansion makes me think of a Riverboat.

It sounds so cool to have been invited :D. Glad you went and had a good time!
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From:mofic
Date:July 2nd, 2008 03:18 pm (UTC)
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I don't think I know what a Riverboat looks like.

Interestingly, the Mayor doesn't live in Gracie Mansion because his partner can't live with him there (since they are not married).
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From:libgirl
Date:July 2nd, 2008 11:36 pm (UTC)
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This site has some pictures of various ones. I was thinking it looked more like a personal riverboat than one of the company ones but that's still the image that popped into my mind. Here's the wiki on them.

I guess I didn't think about it, I've always lived in states that bordered either the Ohio River or the Mississippi which I believe are the only rivers in the U.S. with Riverboats.

They're gorgeous and supposed to be tons of fun--I've never actually been on one myself though. :)

That is interesting that he's not living there. Isn't it funny how some things carry through regardless of the era?
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From:mofic
Date:July 3rd, 2008 10:51 am (UTC)
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Thanks for the pictures. They do look pretty and I see what you mean, although since I wasn't familiar with them I'd say it the other way - the riverboats look like big houses!

As to the mayor not living in the mansion - it kind of makes sense to me that a publicly funded building be only open to the official and his family as a residence. And, of course, since he's heterosexual, he has the option of marrying if he wants to. I'm sure his own place is a lot more palatial than Gracie Mansion, anyway, what with him being a gazillionaire and all.
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