We had plenty of help in staffing the Region 8 booth from the StopTheAmendment.org team. Walter and the other fine folks got several signatures for their letter campaign, as well as several signatures on the HRO petition we had. We raffled off three gift packages and got some much needed funds for the region. David from HRC and Michael from IYG also helped out at the booth and the guys from Indy Pride provided comic relief.
It was also nice to meet a few bilerico.com fans. (You know who you are!) I suppose it's somewhat flattering to know that someone thought I was a 60 year old man from my writings and activism. (I'm 32.) And it was cool to see that people were finding us through Google and other search engines. I'm sure Jeff Newman and Tracy Elliot will get big heads when they find out how popular they are... *grins* Now if I could only get our readers to start leaving comments on posts!
All around it was a very positive experience. Robert Ferguson and the board of Indiana Black Pride have done a stupendous job of creating something out of nothing. We already have Black Expo and regular Pride. And while Pride doesn't specifically exclude people of color like Black Expo excludes gays and lesbians, the vast majority of attendees are white people. Seeing so many of our black brothers and sisters (and realizing how many more are still closeted!) was very empowering and affirming. I hope they have it again next year. I'd go back.