The Margaret Cho Effect
Then, much to the astonishment of those of us who were fortunate enough to be there, Cho came on stage flourishing a big, bisexual flag! Then, she talked specifically about the Bisexual Organizing Project, not just at the beginning, but repeatedly throughout the entire show!
It was all the doing of BOP Co-Chair Lou Hoffman, who describes it thus:
"I put together a gift bag and left it at the stage door for Margaret Cho. She came on stage CARRYING THE BI FLAG! She must have referred to the Bisexual Organizing Project-BOP AT LEAST 20 TIMES!.OMG OMG OMG!"
Pride Festival in the Park
#BiStoriesMatter: The Bi+ Story Project
"The most common response folks had after leaving the booth was, "it's hot in there!" The second must common response was, "I am so glad you are doing this!" And, "that was so cool!"
The Ashley Rukes Pride Parade
"Here's my strongest memory of TC Pride 2014: A number of times during the parade we came to a section of spectators who would cheer and yell for us so much that it was like walking in a tunnel of sound. It was an amazing experience."
"I loved ALL of Pride, but my very favourite moment was helping carry the bi pride flag, and having my mother (who, by the way, has severe arthritis. AND came to visit from Manitoba to celebrate Pride with me and my spouse) run out of the watching crowd to come walk with me and help carry the flag, as the crowds cheered at us. I cried behind my big sunglasses!"
"There were many great things for me at pride this year. I was able to march with my wife and kids as a family for the first time this year. I was able to talk to one of my students about his experience going to a school without a GSA. I was able to tell him that I supported him and told him to tell his friends that are still at the school that I support them too. Unfortunately, I was told by the school counselor that the children must ask for a GSA and the parents would never approve of one. I will work on this until there is a GSA at the school I work at. It was fantastic to see friends that I haven't seen for years. Pride was AWESOME!"
Look for the Bisexual Organizing Project at Pride festivals throughout Minnesota this summer.