Bil Browning

Indy Pride 2009: It just keeps getting bigger

Filed By Bil Browning | June 14, 2009 4:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: Circle City Pride, gay pride, Indianapolis, Indy Pride, LGBT community, pride festival, pride parade

I feel sooooooo old when I say this, but I can remember when Indianapolis didn't have a Pride celebration. One year a small group of us just had a small picnic at a downtown park; I don't think there were more than 25-30 of us there. The parade was added a few years ago and it's the highlight of the entire day for me. This year's attendance had to set a new record for attendance; it was packed all day long and the weather was perfect.


I grabbed a couple of shoutouts that I'll run on Bilerico-Indiana and Jerame videotaped the entire parade. We'll edit it down some and post it in the next couple of days. While he recorded the parade, I snapped some shots of the festival and parade. Slideshow of the pics after the jump.

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You leave me no other option, Bil; I'm gonna have to feed you.

On this matter, Bil, I agree with Lucrece.

Are the pups stealing your food??

Get your ass to Chicago, and we will feed and plump you up.

This dis-placed Hoosier is feeling the need to come home for a visit. I'm planning now on a visit to my home state for the next Indy Pride. There is still hope for that even here in NW/AR even with the opposition base. In a state that gave everyone former Governor Clinton, I voted for him for Pres. to help get him out of AR, and the likes of the former Governor Mike Huckabee, who I had the the disbelief of hearing him actually say this in Iowa "if we're the religious right, then everyone else must be the religious wrong", yes the Huckster actually said that! Yes folks, the Bush bullet was dodged this time. AR evangelicals are known to align themselves with the likes of the KKK, "Americans for Truth" which in Truth they should call themselves "Asinine Bigots and Liars" and allot of other nut-job haters, but they are staying in their area, the backwoods boonies. WARNING: Certain areas of Arkansas may be hazardous to your health!

Organized LGBT Arkansas might not be very big yet, but it is growing and gaining support! Pride week here starting on the Summer Solstice, so very pagan of us...(:

Tom Cotner | June 15, 2009 8:25 AM

I so enjoyed seeing a glimpse of pride - you have no idea how uplifting scenes like this are to those of us who live in the hinterland with no hope of taking part in such festivities.
Thank you - all of you -- it would be great if all of the pride parades were posted on this site so that we could enjoy them all, and vicariously take part in them.

Okay, I've thought and thought about whether or not to say something and I've decided I'm going to do it.

I would never say to someone, "You're too fat. Put down the cupcake." or "Come here and I'll put you on a diet."

This feels the same way that would. I eat about 3000 calories a day. People always think I'm sick; it really sucks.

SammySeattle | June 15, 2009 12:16 PM

Bil is fine the way he is. Slender boys are hot!!

You're right about that, Bil. I never assumed you were sick, though, just that stress might be causing you to be/look skinnier than in other pics (and that kind of response on my part comes from being deeply embedded in an anti-anti-"fat" discourse).

You're right to point out the contradiction - I shouldn't have gone there and I take it back. I'm sorry.

I couldn't get there before 4:00 on Saturday due to work obligations, but I made it to the table for the Damien Center, where I watched the lovely and loving crowd go by. My first Pride, but it won't be my last. Thank you for all those pictures!

Hey, Bil. I got some good shots from Indy Pride, too. Check 'em out on my blogspot:

Robert Ganshorn Robert Ganshorn | June 17, 2009 8:25 AM

Thanks for the pictures from home. Now, the top pic has the Native American Museum in the background right? I know Washington Street well, but what street was the parade on?

Is it that gentrified street that fingers off of Meridian at an odd angle? Hard to imagine that it has been seven years since I have been in Indianapolis. It looked like a great day.