Christopher Street West Pride Parade, Weho | June 8, 2014
What a magical (and HOT) experience! Sandwiched between the TREVOR PROJECT and a big queen in a floating glitter heel atop an RV, we felt like we were in good company, not to mention very protected. Our Sharpe Suiters strutted their signature custom blazers down the hot ass-phault, giving a 30 second choreographed dance number (I like to call it a sex-piece) every 5 minutes to Ginuwine’s ‘Pony’.
We rode that pony all the way to the pink carpet greeting fans, handing out business cards, stopping for some photos and dripping trans and dyke sweat all the way down. Whew! Now I know why they’re called blazers. One total buzzkill were a few comments overheard as our boys were walking the parade route. It pains me to repeat it and even more so to know that our own community is not accepting every facet of queerness, in this case specifically trans men.
Ironically, it was the first year Christopher Street West tried to incorporate a more trans-centric community by calling this year’s pride ‘TLGB’. Um..I believe there was even a hashtag! In showing their binding and chest scars under their blazers, Sharpe wanted to represent the trans community in a positive, progressive light. Although we were extremely excited to be welcomed with open arms by this year’s pride committee, trailblazing the way for trans awareness west of La Brea is still a bit tough, but we took on that challenge in true Sharpe style… classic, stylish, and unafraid. Stay Sharpe my friends!
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