Ahh, me the flag waver. The activist. The Enneagram 1 – Reformer. I was so blessed this year to be able to volunteer in the Reconciling Works tent (for affirming Lutherans) at the Twin Cities Pride Festival. I only wish i could have attended a lot more of it, and also been able to see the parade. Even tho I was only there for a few hours, I just wanted to record my observations, because it was quite a spiritual experience for me.
- I was so impressed with the atmosphere. So friendly, so open, so fun. I don’t know what expectations i brought with me regarding that, but just everywhere I went, there were smiles and just this air of freedom.
- I didn’t expect so many people! It was packed. (I have to include, just minutes after we left, the skies opened and it was a very horrible storm!) Also, awesome fashion. Everywhere, everyone dressing up in fun colors. That rocked.
- I got free stuff! I wish i could have stayed longer and got more free stuff and had more conversations with people and got to see some of the shows.
- I was also super impressed by the corporate tents – Target, Blue Cross Blue Shield, the Human Rights Campaign… Very classy. Staffed well. Very friendly.
- Lots of dogs! My puppy should get to go next year. I’ll put a rainbow bandana on him!
- Good food, everywhere!
I heard today from Outfront that there is an anti-LGBT church that was luring people into their building for a corn feed during the parade and then telling them they would go to hell bc of their orientation. But along with that news, Outfront also said that the hate groups were much less this year, and they were better prepared.
The world is changing. It is. I am changing too. Becoming more open with how God made me and who God made me to be. We are not alone. Such a simple maxim, yet so powerful. We are also free. With freedom comes a heavy weight – the responsibility to help set others free, and to use your freedom which comes as a gift, as a blessing for others.