In a world of hollow political promises and gestures, the fact that Governor Paterson of New York made history as the first sitting governor to accept an invitation and to walk a Pride March as a Grand Marshal is significant and heartening. I get the feeling that this governor is really engaged in the battle for queer rights, while a certain president would prefer we either quieted down or disappeared.
Here is Governor Paterson embracing March Director (and friend of Bilerico) Maurice Michaane:
I don't think Governor Paterson wrestles with the idea of queer equality. He gets it, and he wrestles with the process of getting us those rights. I think our president is still wrestling in his heart with the concept of queer equality. For him, we are largely an inconvenient curiosity. I'd love to be wrong about this.
(photo by Chase Wink)