Happy Gay Pride, Fort Lauderdale.
Today was Gay Pride here in the city by the sea. And a beautiful day it was. Sunny, warm, a nice breeze and just an estimated 40,000 people celebrating on the beach together. Perfect day. Tons of hot men…and women, if you swing that way.
But ya know what? i was perhaps the only one wearing a leather oriented tee shirt. Plus i wore a leather wrist band, right side, of course.
Where, oh where, have all the Leathermen gone? You weren’t out in numbers. You weren’t out as small cohesive clusters as United Leathermen. Oh, i saw a few guys in harnesses. Were they “into” leather, or was it simply a fashion accessory to go with their Speedo swimsuits and big bulges?
There were big, burley, hairy dudes, average hairless dudes, and many twinks twerking. Lots of ink on hot bodies. But, several bars actually ran out of liquor mid afternoon. Now, that’s got to be a first. How’s a gay person supposed to party with NO booze? Well, there was that continual wafting of smoke from joints to keep the buzz going.
We danced and danced amid a huge crowd on the dance floor erected on the sand. All manner of humanity, together, moving to the music.
One performer was Ty Herndon, a country star from years ago. He had a public fall from grace, but picked himself up, pulled his jeans up, put on his “cowboy” boots and came out as a “proud, gay man!” Handsome and masculine. Great voice. He was so close i could have licked the sand off his boots. But, i maintained my composure (and avoided a stalking charge) by just lusting from afar, and taking a hell of a lot of photos.
But, back to my Leather comrades…where the hell were you? Didn’t want to get sand in Y/your boots?
Ok, so maybe Y/you were there, but not in leather. It was a hot day. But why no tee shirts saying, “Top” “bottom” “Daddy” “boy” “Sir” “Bear” “cub” “Ramrod” (oh, that’s right, i wore that shirt), “Leatherwerks “?
i felt so Leather lonely today.
But, there’s always Stonewall Pride held in June in the east coast gay Mecca of Wilton Manors. There will be a parade with a marching contingent from the Gay Leather community. An abundance of harnesses, arm bands, Leather vests and belts and boots. Waves of Leather Pride flags bellowing in the wind. Lots of hot sweaty skin showing. 501 jeans, shorts and some kilts. Makes me swoon just visualizing that scene…
The thousands of people lining Wilton Drive will scream and cheer in solidarity with the Leathermen and leatherboys as they march by. Then, many spectators will whisper, “I don’t get that whole thing…” But why is it imperative that they get it, or understand us? They should just accept us for who W/we are and what W/we do, and love U/us for O/our uniqueness. i don’t understand Transgender men and women, but i see their beauty, their uniqueness, and i identify with their struggle for acceptance for who they are. i struggle for acceptance of my leather identity even within the walls of my own home.
Be Proud! Be Out! Be Seen in Y/your Leather. Raise Awareness, and Celebrate!
See Y/you in June 2017 – Wilton Manors, Florida? I’ll be there. Will Y/you?
Thank Y/you for reading,