This weekend is the Phoenix Rainbows Festival. It's a gay oriented street fair in the downtown area. It's much more laid back then a Pride event, although it has most of the trappings. It's not as loud and in your face. When we go we usually take the Boys along with us, but this year they stayed home because we brought that girl instead and didn't think we could navigate the crowd with a stroller and two big Labradors. (Don't worry, they got extra love and treats to make up for it!)
The thing I noticed the most was how many babies were there. I'm not sure if there are that many every year, or if I'm just more cognizant of the strollers. I think a lot of people skip Pride with the kids and come here instead. We met a lot of people today, including a two Mom family with twin girls that were only about 18 hours older then Sabrina--how strange is that? Don and Chris were there with Kaitlyn, as well as Jim and Chuck with their kids, our friends who run the local Gay Dads group. They were at the HRC (Human Rights Campaign) booth handing out information and T-shirts. We hung around them for a while and Sabrina helped drum up some attention to the booth. She was in a fun mood today riding around the festival, laughing and giving out the raspberry to anyone that would listen. I think our little girl is going to turn into quite the ham. The temperature around here has finally dropped into the low 90's so it was a very nice day. (I know--if you're not from Arizona, a 90 degree fall day is actually quite pleasant.) The Dad's group has worked with HRC to organize a gay family day at the Phoenix Children's Museum in a few weeks and I helped give out discount coupons. So there are lot's of cool family things going on now and it's fun that Sabrina is active and old enough to kind of enjoy them.
Hanging out at the HRC booth
Our "We're Serious About Equality" looks.
OK I think I'm about over this now...