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Trykon
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  Pride and Internalized Prejudice
June 28, 2013 9:02:46 PM    View the profile of Trykon 
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I'm feeling pretty proud, today. 

Somehow I find myself as second-in-command of the Vast Empire's Navy division, having led the record-breaking Counterpunch Campaign, and having just posted the introduction for Chapter 9, the first all-club interdivisional story in seven years.  And I've done all that writing as a player-character who, like me, is a man who is attracted to men rather than women.

For those of you who may be confused as to why I'm mentioning all this, it's because June is Pride Month around the world, and in my hometown of San Francisco it's actually Pride Weekend starting right now.

Not that you need proof (you have wikipedia), but here's a picture of our City Hall's big dome lit up in rainbow colors, with the "Painted Ladies" (a.k.a. the Victorian homes from the intro credits to Full House) in the foreground:

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Pretty, no?

Anyway, a funny thing happened in IRC chat a couple minutes ago.  I was about to leave to start getting ready for my big gay evening plans ( ), and I hesitated before wishing the channel a "Happy Pride."

Then I remembered that you all have been friendly and supportive and honest with me, the whole time I've been here.  And so I quickly resolved to keep reciprocating in kind.  I signed off with a "Happy Pride," after all.

The experience made me think back to my first weeks in the VE, when I didn't know anyone and was just looking for a writers' group.  Back then, I decided to "play it safe," by inventing a female romantic interest for my male player-character.  Eventually, to my very pleasant surprise, I found that this was one online game/forum that wasn't dominated by homophobia, and both my character and me "came out." 

My point is this: everyone in the VE has something to celebrate this month, whether you're gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans, queer, questioning, or straight.  Everyone here has made me feel welcome, and I count many of you as friends.  By extension, you're all allies to my community, no matter who you find yourselves attracted to personally. 

So say it loud with me: "Happy Gay Pride Month, everyone!" 
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  RE: Pride and Internalized Prejudice
June 29, 2013 3:20:24 AM    View the profile of Skarr 
My apologies for not replying to this topic earlier. I was saving my 2000th post for the chapter story.

Happy Gay Pride month to everyone! We're really happy to have you here, Tryk. In your time here, you have done nothing but excellent work in everything your involved in. And even though, our conversations have been limited, you are a very respectful and awesome man. So yeah!

Have fun this weekend everybody!
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  RE: Pride and Internalized Prejudice
June 29, 2013 4:24:09 AM    View the profile of Aeos 
"Happy Gay Pride Mo nth, everyone!"


I tried  with the colours, but nyeh, copy and paste lovlies!

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  RE: Pride and Internalized Prejudice
June 29, 2013 10:16:22 AM    View the profile of Havock 
<3 Tryk.
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  RE: Pride and Internalized Prejudice
June 30, 2013 10:35:50 PM    View the profile of Mongrel 
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  RE: Pride and Internalized Prejudice
July 1, 2013 1:16:14 AM    View the profile of Kami 
So jealous Tryk!

Kylie and I are definitely crashing the next Pride with you
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