Marriage rights pass: live from Stonewall Friday night

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.

Holy shit. (@ Stonewall Inn w/ 102 others) [pic]: http://4sq.com/jVvxlQ
randomdeanna
June 25, 2011

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.

The biggest feeling, after joy, here outside Stonewall: relief. #ssm
randomdeanna
June 25, 2011

I wandered back through the crowd, taking some pictures and tweeting a few thoughts. (I clearly had no other word available but “joy.” Heh.)

This is what equality looks like.
Photo by randomdeanna on flickr

It seen like ppl are getting engaged every 10 ft, haha #ssm
randomdeanna
June 25, 2011
OH: “Everyone deserves hugs and kisses.” #ssm #stonewall
randomdeanna
June 25, 2011
Where it all began. Thank you to all who sacrificed before us. http://flic.kr/p/9WAstm
randomdeanna
June 25, 2011

Where it all began. Thank you to all who sacrificed before us.
Photo by randomdeanna on flickr

Also a common theme outside Stonewall: random reunions, inspired joyous serendipity. #ssm
randomdeanna
June 25, 2011
I’m also loving the diversity of genders, ethnicities and identities. Everyone deserves this joy. #ssm #stonewall
randomdeanna
June 25, 2011

Crowds outside Stonewall, #1
Photo by randomdeanna on flickr

Crowds outside Stonewall, #2
Photo by randomdeanna on flickr

Spontaneous song breaks out: “Going to the chapel” #ssm #stonewall
randomdeanna
June 25, 2011
Then I had the pleasure of running into Jeremy Heimans — Ford Foundation Visionary, co-founder of Purpose NYC, co-founder (with my amazing pal Andre Banks) of AllOut.org — and his boyfriend, Brock. It was late and dark, but I asked them how they felt. Brock sums up his needs right at the end.
@randomdeanna LOL! KitchenAid Mixer Artisan series. Good call. Have a blast celebrating at Stonewall!
ruthkalinka
June 25, 2011

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.

Empire State Building Goes Rainbow
Photo by zennie62 on flickr

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