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Why we don’t need additional colors on the pride flag

Dallas Pride iLume Drag Queen

The Philadelphia Office of LGBT Affairs recently came out with a new pride flag that adds black and brown stripes.

I am not sure whether the “More Color More Pride” is a cynical publicity stunt or a misguided attempt at inclusion.

Here are the three biggest problems with the redesigned flag:

1. The pride flag isn’t about race.

The colors on the original pride flag designed by Gilbert Baker represented the race-neutral themes of “sexuality, life, healing, sun, nature, art, harmony, and spirit.”
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Oak Lawn

The busker

The street dancer's platform shoes.

The street performers in Oak Lawn vary — from real musicians and performers to people in the middle of drug-induced episodes.

We recently came across a fabulous Michael Jackson-like performer who reminded me of Disco Stu from South Beach

Disco Stu was this fabulous greasy-haired busker who was well-known on Lincoln Road. He had bedazzled platform shoes and an old boombox that blasted oldies. I saw him almost every weekend in college. Continue reading “The busker” »

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Moving out of the gayborhood

Lightning above the Trinity River in Dallas

I finally moved out of the gayborhood.

This move was yet another tedious experience in which I was confronted by dog hair balls, poor purchasing choices, and clothes that no longer fit.

One unexpected aspect of this move was the rain — I was leaving Ilume Park with a carload of stuff when the sky just collapsed all around me.

Here’s what it looked like in a video posted by a local weatherman:

A video of a "rain foot" over downtown Dallas.

A video of a “rain foot” over downtown Dallas.

The technical term is a “rain foot” or downburst, but it really felt like the hurricanes that I left in Miami.

I then made the great life choice of getting on the Tollway during the downpour. Several of the low points in the highway were flooded and traffic was reduced to a single lane. One guy driving a beamer attempted to blast through the flood waters and got stuck. I made it to the new apartment however. Continue reading “Moving out of the gayborhood” »

Dallas

Inwood Village

The Inwood theatre in Dallas, Texas

After two years in Dallas, there are still many neighborhoods that I either have not been to, or haven’t meaningfully explored.

University Park is one of those places. Despite being just on the other side of Highland Park, I rarely venture to this independent Dallas neighborhood.

So accidentally coming across Inwood Village recently felt like a special surprise even though some of my neighbors shop there on a weekly basis. (Inwood Village is a shopping center in Dallas immediately outside of University Park.)
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Just Sayin

Ivanka Trump, racism, USF football: This week in Twitter rants

Man with phone photo by Gilles Lambert via Unsplash.

This was a week for unmitigated ranting thoughts on Twitter for me.

Here are some highlights:

Over-Policing of minorities

A Twitter user wrote: “A microscopic number of police interactions with blacks have cops doing something wrong out of the massive number of interactions.”

I took the opportunity to rant extensively talk about my personal experience with racially-motivated policing.
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