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.