Ode to George and John P.

Saturday afternoon, watch the gay Pride Canal Parade go by. The sun beats down, the drink flows. Everybody’s a little queer today. And everybody’s very white.

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Rainbow flags adorn the houses, women carry babies or bottles of rosé wine. City cowboys line dance to Stand By Your Man.

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Hot hard bodies in glittery skirts, sagging bums in leather chaps. Armies of crew cut girrrls from Belfast. Friendly cops behind the ‘pink in blue’ stand.

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One lonely, scruffy drunk on a bicycle, screaming: “DIRTY BABY RAPING FUCKING HOMOS!”

Everybody laughs. You’re outnumbered, pal.

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