Bil Browning

Memorable moments of 2009

Filed By Bil Browning | December 31, 2009 4:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: birthday cupcakes, birthday party, Central Park, Corey Monteith, Courage Awards, David Mixner, memorable moments, NEM, Palesitinian hip hop, Statue of Liberty, White House, Wicked

I must say, I did a helluva lot of really cool things in 2009. NEM_2009_Capital.jpgAs I look back, the vast majority of them are all related to the blog somehow so it seemed appropriate to share my list of truly memorable moments of the past year.

This year Bilerico Project took Jerame and me to Denver, Chicago, New York City, Washington DC, San Francisco, and Pittsburgh. I met celebrities, interviewed Congress members, witnessed history, and more via Bilerico and I shared 98% of it with our readers. While running the site is hard work, the benefits package is pretty sweet.

Some of the moments really resonated though; they're the ones that will stick with me until I die. I thought I'd share a quick sketch of the personally memorable moments after the jump.

My most memorable moments of 2009

  • Standing on stage at the National Equality March and seeing the sea of faces with thousands more still streaming in down the street.
  • Our private tour of the White House with Kip Williams and the silly conspiracy theory that followed.
  • Father Tony's guided tour of Central Park.
  • Seeing Wicked on Broadway from 2nd row center seats. We were so close bubbles from the stage were landing in my hand and bursting on my face.
  • Winning the AVP's Courage Award with Joe Jervis, Pam Spaulding and Andy Towle.
  • Hosting a birthday party in Washington DC that hundreds of people came to - including veteran activist David Mixner.
  • Hanging out with a small circle of comfortable friends in Denver during Creating Change and talking about bisexual porn.
  • The stunning view of San Francisco from the top of the Sir Francis Drake hotel and the longtime readers and contributors we met at that party.
  • Robots & pie with Kip Williams in San Francisco.
  • Riding the Staten Island Ferry with Jillian Weiss to see the Statue of Liberty.
  • Interviewing two Congress members back to back at the Victory Fund's International Gay & Lesbian Leadership Conference.
  • Running into Corey Monteith of Glee fame while shopping in DC and getting an extra shoutout for the blog at the HRC dinner because of it.
  • Watching President Obama address the LGBT community directly for the first time at the HRC dinner while sitting with a New York Times reporter who quoted a Bilerico reader on the front page of the newspaper the next morning.
  • Driving into New York City with Kip and Jerame only to rush off less than three hours later to meet Father Tony, Joe Jervis, and Eric Leven at the leather bar. The cab ride from Carnegie Deli to the Eagle with Kip was breathtaking.
  • Getting birthday cookies from former NGLTF lobbyist Becky Dansky and sending her boxes and boxes of breakfast cereal for her birthday in return.
  • Driving to northern Indiana to see President Obama and having lunch with Jerame and my mom afterward. Apparently the rest of the world doesn't eat beef and noodles over top of mashed potatoes, but up there it's a staple. Jerame always thought I was crazy that people would eat "that much starch." I did.
  • Meeting my Aunt Ruth for the first time.
  • Going to a Palestinian hip-hop concert with Aidan Tharp. My favorite song was Mohammad Al Farra's Falasteen Wel Tahhadi.
  • Exploring Marengo Cave in southern Indiana with a group of friends.

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David Castillo David Castillo | January 1, 2010 4:01 PM

2009 was an amazing year for you, Bil. Here's to making 2010 even better! Cheers!