Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette

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Poem: "Boston Pride"

This poem is spillover from the July 4, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by [personal profile] technoshaman. It also fills the "lesbian" square in my 5-29-17 card for the Pride Bingo fest. This poem belongs to the series Walking the Beat.

"Boston Pride"

Dale and Kelly hear about
the Chicago Dyke Parade fiasco
from Devorah's sister Tamar.

"It's not right to exclude people,"
Dale says with a frown.

If some groups don't get along,
then they should just march in
different places,
Kelly adds.

She has a point.
It's not a short parade.

Tamar still looks upset,
like she's not sure whether
to cry or to snarl, or maybe both.
"Chicago sucks," she says.

"Boston can do better,"
Dale declares. "Let's show
Chicago what a rainbow is all about!"

I know other Deaf lesbians,
Kelly signs. I'll invite them.

"I know some lesbian cops
that I can call," Dale says.

They look at Tamar.

"I guess ... I know a couple
of other Jewish lesbians,"
Tamar says slowly.

"That's a good start,"
Dale says. "Let's pass
the word as widely as we
can and see who comes."

By the time Boston's parade day
arrived, they had a whole horde.

There were police lesbians
with a rainbow badge flag.

There were Deaf lesbians with
a flag of a rainbow hand
signing "I love you."

There were Jewish lesbians
with a star of David between
top and bottom rainbow strips.

There were Muslim lesbians
whose rainbow flag had
a pink triangle surmounted
by a white moon and star.

There were military lesbians
carrying a lavender flag with
a black triangle and white labrys.

There were lipstick lesbians
whose pink-shaded flag had
a kiss in the upper corner.

Some people got into squabbles,
but the mediators sorted it out.

Some people fell in love, and
nobody tried to pry them apart.

That was a good parade,

Kelly signed afterwards.

"I think people had fun,"
Tamar said with a shy smile.
"I made some new friends."

"That's what a rainbow
is all about," Dale said.

* * *


Chicago Pride hosts a Pride Festival and Pride Parade in mid-to-late-June. The 21st Chicago Dyke March rejected people carrying gay Jewish flags.

The classic rainbow flag of gay pride has extended into many iterations. Jews may put a Star of David on theirs, while Muslims use a star and crescent. Some police departments use a shield to show support for QUILTBAG officers. Deaf people often use a rainbow motif on a hand signing "I love you."

Other flags have a different design. This one uses the labrys symbol for lesbians, and lipstick lesbians use a pink-striped flag with a lip mark in the corner.

Queer unity is important for survival, but intolerance is a serious problem inside the community as well as outside. It appears as religious discrimination, transphobia, biphobia, racism, and other isms that should be wasms.
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