25 Jun Marriage rights pass: live from Stonewall Friday night
I went to the West Village on June 24, 2011, right after same sex marriage was passed in New York State.
I arrived at about midnight. Walking west on Waverly from the West 4th Street subway stop, the celebration was rising. Amusing to watch the obvious tourists get caught up in the excitement. Empathetic joy.
Then I arrived at Sheridan Square, just outside the Stonewall Inn.
There were several hundred people in the street. I decided to wade through the crowds; a big decision for me, since I’m normally pretty crowd averse and I get a little panicky. But the mood was jubliant, and not overwhelming, so I felt safe.
“Joy” was certainly the main emotion in the crowd, but there was another feeling just underneath that.
I wandered back through the crowd, taking some pictures and tweeting a few thoughts. (I clearly had no other word available but “joy.” Heh.)
I poked around for a few more minutes and decided to go home. So glad I had the opportunity to go and share in person the empathetic experience of a whole group of people finally getting the rights they have been owed for a long, long time.
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