June was made for pride
By Noah Michelson
Photo: Getty Images
I am but a mere eight hours away from boarding a plane to Switzerland to attend the 2009 EuroPride festivities. Each year a different European city plays host to the month-long event (which culminates in a final weekend of queer craziness) and I managed to wrangle myself a spot on the press trip (courtesy of the fine folks at the Zurich Tourism Board) to Zurich. This is the first time EuroPride is being held in Switzerland and while I'm there I'll be dining with the city's mayor (fancy, right?), enjoying the Pride happenings, and eating as much chocolate as I can afford/get my hot little hands on.
I'll be posting about my activities (well -- most of them -- everything that's fit for print) when I can sneak off to an Internet cafe, but while I'm gone my intrepid partner in Popnog crime, Jessanne Collins, will be (wo)manning the controls to make sure that you get your daily dose of pop culture including a look at Tokyo pride, an investigation of Batman and Robin's relationship, and more.
Finally, if you haven't read Barack Obama's recently released official Presidential proclaimation of June as Gay/Lesbian/Transgender Pride Month, you should. I've heard some people complain that it's an empty gesture -- and yeah -- we've yet to see exactly how things will shakedown with Don't Ask, Don't Tell, gay marriage, and a whole host of other queer issues, but it's still an impressive document in and of itself. Can you imagine the same sort of thing being issued a year ago?
-- NOAH MICHELSON
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