By: Joey Uva
This past Sunday, June 12th, was the official Los Angeles Pride Parade. The Pop Luck Club had its official placement in the parade at number 41. Over 80 participants marched with the group which included proud dads, their children, family members, and friends. The parade route began at Crescent Heights and Santa Monica Blvd which is where we all met up before the start of the parade.
When I arrived at our waiting area, it was really great to see all the dads already there with their children. The children were all very excited, as there was plenty of parade activity happening even before we got moving with all the other groups getting ready around us. The PLC rented a blue and red train for some of the children to ride on, while other kids brought their scooters to ride during our march down Santa Monica Blvd. With all the participants shirted up with their PLC t-shirts and the children each with whistle in hand, we were ready to go.
As we began our Pride march down the boulevard, it felt really great to hear all the supporters cheer us from the sidelines. One man stopped me and said, “This is what the media needs to cover. We have families and we matter.” It was great to hear that support and to know that the PLC is helping in spreading that message.
As we continued our march it was incredible to see how many people came out to watch the parade. When we arrived around the half-way point of the parade, we stopped for an official moment of silence. This was held at exactly 12 noon as a reminder to let the world know that the LGBT community demands equal rights as guaranteed in our constitution. As gay dads, we know how important it is for us to have equal rights for our families. After our moment of silence, West Hollywood Mayor John Duran announced our group which was followed by many claps and cheers from the crowd.
What a great experience it was to see all of these proud dads with their children having such a wonderful time. It was heart warming to see family members, friends, and people from the sidelines cheering us on thoughout the march.
The 2011 Los Angeles Pride Parade was a great success and gave us gay dads the opportunity to proudly voice the love we have for children and families.