What Have You Done Today to Make You Feel Proud? ~ Outside the Margins with JP Barnaby

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What Have You Done Today to Make You Feel Proud?

Let me hear ya, let me hear ya…

HAPPY PRIDE! For the past four or five years, I’ve flown down to Atlanta to attend pride rather than going to the parade in Chicago. It is a beautiful community here and nothing showcases that better than pride. It is the time where we, as a community, as a family, come together to celebrate each other. This was also a very special weekend, because I got to take William Cooper to his very first pride. He’s pretty isolated from the LGBT community where is lives, especially since his family would most certainly not understand if he came out. So, for him to come down here to celebrate himself and his community was a beautiful thing.

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With my two best friends in the world, Eddie and Jonathan

For some Atlanta Pride kicks off with a party at the aquarium. For me, it started at the Eagle with rubber and gear night surrounded by friends. Before the night was over, I’d gotten two guys out of their shirts, one guy out of his pants, and a wickedly hot kiss from yet another—overall, I’d say the evening was a success.

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Boy David helping to lube up Jason’s rubber

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Pretty boys at brunch

We spent Saturday in the park after having brunch with Bryan Cole, Mike DeMarko, and a few other guys. It was an interesting day for me. The few times I went to pride in Chicago, I knew only the small group of five or six people around me. As I walked through the crowds, I recognized no one. In Atlanta, as we made our way through the tents of vendors, churches, and banks, I found myself being stopped often by friends. It was a heartening experience because that’s never happened to me in Chicago.

 

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With Tom and Twitch in the park

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Sister Ursula with the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence

Saturday night I stayed in for various reasons—one was the Cubs game. I’ve been a Cubs fan all of my life and wouldn’t miss watching them in the playoffs, especially with the shot they have this year. My instinct proved correct, and they got ahead early and stayed in the lead. It was a beautiful thing.

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Southern Bears

Sunday turned out to be a gorgeous fall day—clear, bright, and cool (in the low 70s), and perfect day for a party in the streets. About 9:30, William and I hopped in the Camaro and went over to the Atlanta Eagle. We watched as car after car pulled up with my Panther brothers and sisters. Lots of hugs. Lots of excitement in the air. Around 11, we piled up onto the trailer and in the truck to head to the parade route. I was in the back of a pick-up with master DJ Diablo Rojo who spins some amazing mixes.

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On our way to the parade

Pups on parade

Pups on parade

We spent an hour, maybe an hour and a half at the staging area while the guys put the float together. Nothing sexier than a bunch of half-naked guys in leather working with power tools. We laughed and talked and waited for the rest of the guys to come and meet us before the parade began. Once it did – the energy was just amazing. The crowds were happy and energetic. I spent the trip dancing in the back of the truck, holding on to one of the speakers with the right hand and waving with my left. I made sure to take a picture of the rainbow crosswalk at 10th and Peachtree.

Crosswalk at 10th and Peachtree

Crosswalk at 10th and Peachtree

One of the surprises of the day, I got flirted with quite a bit. Lots of girls with flirtatious gestures, blowing kisses. Apparently, Atlanta women like girls in leather. It was fun and sexy. You don’t get flirted with much when you spend most of your time surrounded by gay men.

With my Boypup Isaac

With my Boypup Isaac

I’ve been a card carrying member of the LGBT community for most of my life, and there is nothing like the love and acceptance of pride. The best feeling in the world is celebrating that love and acceptance surrounded by family, as I did today. Last year, the Panther family opened up their arms and welcomed me to walk with them. I looked around at these men and women in their leather vests, patches, and pins and wished to be a part of that. This year, with my own patch and pin, I walked as one of them, accepted and loved.

Our Panther family

Our Panther family

 

~JP Barnaby

 

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About JP Barnaby

Award winning romance novelist, J. P. Barnaby has penned over a dozen books including the Working Boys series, the Little Boy Lost series, In the Absence of Monsters, and Aaron. As a bisexual woman, J.P. is a proud member of the GLBT community both online and in her small town on the outskirts of Chicago. A member of Mensa, she is described as brilliant but troubled, sweet but introverted, and talented but deviant. She spends her days writing software and her nights writing erotica, which is, of course, far more interesting. The spare time that she carves out between her career and her novels is spent reading about the concept of love, which, like some of her characters, she has never quite figured out for herself.
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Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

Brandilyn
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