In order to pen this feature for Fresh Water, I've been immersed in the Gay Games over the past days. I've never been so proud of my hometown, which came together in ways big and small for this event.
I urge my fellow northeast Ohioans to read the article. You will come away with a renewed sense of this place and it's people.
Now for some additional images and commentary.
|Gay pride on the street|
The International Gay Rodeo Association teamed up with the Gay Games to host a rodeo at the Summit County Fairgrounds over the weekend. What a blast. the cowpeople came from Texas and California and Canada--and they brought their animals. There were some 100 participants. Spectators included families and kids and gay people and straight people (and the Goat and me).
They took their hats off for the invocation and waved the American flag. They rode bulls, decorated steer and dressed goats. They drank their share of beer. They wore spurs and chaps and belts.
|Hats off during the National Anthem at the Gay Rodeo|
|IGRA members buckle down at the opening ceremony pre-party|
Lastly (and I daresay in start contrast to the previous image), I offer this sight that took my breath away. While there is plenty of celebration everywhere you look in Cleveland during this event, which runs through Saturday, the pure joy on the faces of the Russian LGBT Sport Federation was something to behold.
Let freedom ring.
|They are welcome here, Mr. Putin|
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