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Now on to the good, and this far overshadowed the bad. A new, responsible generation of people attended in the bulk. They were energetic, emphatic, supportive of one another, and full of love and the feeling of community. This group gathered on the steps of the Capitol with purpose written on their face. They gathered to make change and to remember Harvey Milk and the battle known as the Gay Freedom movement. Most of this group is even too young to remember Harvey Milk and the start of the battle at all. Most were not even born.

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Yesterday was the official start to Sacramento’s newest LGBTI event, Harvey Milk day. Meeting on the steps of the Capitol of our state in rally for equality was the start of the event. This was heavily promoted on Facebook.

Actually, there was some surprising good elements and someLGBTI people gather at The Capitol. predictable bad elements from my perspective.

On the bad start, again, we saw that my generation of gay men do not promote or support events that show civic pride or equality in any way. My generation would rather get high or drunk in bars, or flaunt their personal successes and pretend to fit in to suburbia. It is in my generation that you see the strange family of animals known as “gay Republicans” also known as “log cabin Republicans”. Frightening conceptualized, illusionistic people that strive to “fit in” and “be normal”. Kind of like African American or Latino Republicans. Or better yet, Jewish Nazis. Supporting a party that only has the deepest dislike for them. Do not count on the majority of my generation in Sacramento to support much of anything. They are caught up in the massive work of trying to represent. Predictable that these people would not attend a rally or day like this. Perhaps its because AIDS has decimated this generation so heavily that all of the activists are now gone, leaving the comfortable recluse population that turns its head away? Where were the Bears, Leathermen, HIV+, Radical Fairies, Drag Queens, Transgendered and others of my generation? I am not sure, but only know that this seems to be a truly Sacramento symptom.

Now on to the good, and this far overshadowed the bad. A new, responsible generation of people attended in the bulk. They were energetic, emphatic, supportive of one another, and full of love and the feeling of community. This group gathered on the steps of the Capitol with purpose written on their face. They gathered to make change and to remember Harvey Milk and the battle known as the Gay Freedom movement. Most of this group is even too young to remember Harvey Milk and the start of the battle at all. Most were not even born. Rainbow flags waved. Political signs glared valiantly out from the throng. LGBTI dogs played happily with each other. A feeling of family, happiness and balance permeated the air.

I wish that the Sacramento LGBTI community would offer and attend more of these types of events.

Crowd of people gather on the steps.

Crowd of people gather on the steps.

This is where friendships and family are built. They are exciting, historic and purposeful. And don’t get me wrong, there were small pockets of my generation and older generations entwined in the throng. Not enough though.  I call out to my peers to remember to take action and to take action honestly and often. You need to protect your rights constantly and you need to fight for new rights, even though we grow complacent in not having those same rights.

Hopefully we will see more events like this in the future. And hopefully my generation will put down their cigarettes and rum & cokes and actually stand up for something, rather than just complaining in whiny voices about how life is unfair, as they are carted away to some future concentration camp.

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