Thanks to everyone who followed my live tweeting of the National Equality March. I hope you all enjoyed the quotes and insights. While it will take a few articles for me to fully sum up my feelings about this weekends activities, it will also take my ability to catch up on some sleep. So, while flying back home, I am pulling my thoughts together, and giving my loyal readers the ten things that stand out in my mind first. So, without further adieu, I present to you...
The Top Ten Memories from the National Equality March weekend.
10. Lady Gaga saying that speaking at the National Equality March was the most important memory of her career.
9. Judith Light rushing over from the HRC dinner to say hi to the volunteers at the mixer the night before the march.
8. The knowledge that this was a true movement of the entire LGBTQ community and even hearing the words pansexual, intersexed, and no label at all on the microphone.
7. The crowd forming outside, inside, and everywhere at Busboys and Poets to hear Sherry Wolf and Cleve Jones at a pre-march event.
6. Spending an enjoyable evening with the folks from The Bilerico Project for Bil Browning's birthday.
5. Hearing Cleve Jones tell the story of the straight family he met that heard him on Chris Matthews and decided to pack up the car and drive to the march.
4. Walking past the White House with my LGBTQ brothers and sisters, knowing that we were part of history.
3. All the amazing signs. So many people had such amazingly creative signs. A future piece will be dedicated to the best signs of the march.
2. The entire Knights Out wreath laying ceremony at Arlington National Ceremony. And the most romantic and beautiful kiss that followed between Lt. Dan Choi and his boyfriend.
1. Executive Director of the March, Robin McGehe giving the most moving and powerful speech, an open letter to President Barack Obama. She was in tears almost the entire time, and when she held up the picture her young son drew of Obama and said “because my son believes in you too” I started to cry too. In fact, Robin could always be counted on for a great quote. She is a bright young star in our community.