May 07

A day of Pride

After hearing a distant relative joke about meeting me down at the Upper Cumberland’s inaugural Pride Festival for “target practice,” I braced for the worst.

After reading the local trolls come out in full force threatening to picket/destroy our one day of celebration, I braced for the worst.

I was in for a surprise.

This is what we saw at Pride on May 5, 2012 in Cookeville, Tennessee:


















































And hope for the future


Some days I wonder where the world is heading. I hear/see the bigotry, and I brace for the worst. It is nice to be surprised.

Thank you to Tennessee Equality Project for help making this day of celebration a reality. Thank you to upwards of 700-800 LGBT and allies for joining us in celebration of identity. Thank you to bigots for staying home.



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  1. 1

    I was genuinely surprised at the large number of straight people who came out in support of this event.

    As I said before, I am very proud of my adopted hometown.

    1. 1.1

      It was a big, successful day for us. I am proud too.

  2. 2

    I am glad it was such a positive day for you! We need the days of hope to keep going and it sounds like it was one of those.

    1. 2.1

      Thanks Anna. Hope is what drives us to affect progress in the world.

  3. 3

    It was an awesome event, I loved it. The little girl who loses her shoe is my best friend’s daughter! She loved the donkey and kept going back to play with him/her every few minutes.

  4. 4

    My daughter is the little short haired girl in blue, lol. I think there was as many straight people there as gay- my family and I were proud to be able to represent my business at Pride.

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