I received a memo from the GayHudson.com Parade Planning Sub-Committee. I needed to call the Hudson Flag Day Committee person.
So I did.
Our conversation was terse and polite.
It went something like this:
"We call all of the new organizations for Flag Day just to make sure that everyone is celebrating Flag Day and there's no other political, religious, or social agenda. And just to see what you're planning on doing."
"Well," I said, "we're going to have a banner with GayHudson.com on it, and a truck, draped in flags, and then we'll march along side of it."
"OK, because in years past we've had to ask some groups to not come back. There was someone handing out flyers about horses in parades, someone else with a political message and speakers, and one year we had Satan Worshipers."
I said, "We won't have a microphone, and we're not passing anything out." (including 'gay cards', that idea died.)
Plus, I was thinking about saving SATAN Worshiping for Winter Walk.
Actually, I would probably do SATIN Worshiping, because those sheets are so soft!
Or, SEITAN Worshiping, for those vegetarians who need a little more protein in their diet....but I digress....
The Flag Committee rep said "because I checked the website...."
(oh no, I thought...)
"...and there was something about passing out a gay card?"
"Oh yeah, we're not doing that anymore - no problem."
Yes, gentle readers, the GayHudson.com Sub-Committee on Party Planning has informed me that the Party will happen sometime later in the month, or next month...or at some point...
Let's just get through this parade first....
So, it's all good.
They're a little more at ease. We're in the parade, as long as we don't bring up Satan.
This is what going to happen... Ready?
We'll get the banner, the truck, and the umpteen of us will march alongside the truck.
There will be catcalls. But, there will also be people cheering for us.
I say we ignore the catcalls. I really don't want to go to their level.
Because it's really not about the homophobes.
For me, it's about the 12 and 13 year old "sissies" and "tomboys" alongside the parade. They just need to see that there are gay people out there, here in Hudson. And being different is really not a big deal. It's no big whoop.
That's the reason I'm doing it.
That, and the Flag.
Well, it IS Flag Day....