My city’s Pride festival culminated last weekend with the parade. I ended up not able to go because I was stuck at work essentially all weekend, and I had mixed feelings about that – I had wanted to go, but I don’t really have anyone local to go with, and while I’m not shy, the inertial barrier of going to a fairly social event like that is a lot lower if I’ll be with someone I know. My enthusiasm for such events is also something that varies quite a bit with what else is going on in my life at the time; sometimes the idea of participating in a community event seems like a really positive thing, and sometimes all I can think of is that it will be very crowded and very noisy and there will be a lot of advertising.
How do you feel about big community events, whether in the queer community or otherwise? What makes you feel more or less enthusiastic about them? What makes them worthwhile, or not worthwhile? Do you have any specific experiences you want to share?
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