I was fortunate enough to be in Los Angeles last month for LA Pride. My bestie from Florida flew in to join me, and we had a wonderful time staying in Hollywood and touring the city. Despite having lived in San Diego for several years, I hadn’t had a chance to see some of the more famous LA sites, like Beverly Hills or the Santa Monica Pier or the Griffith Observatory, so we happily played tourist for a day.
On Sunday we participated in the huge Resist March that started in Hollywood and wended its way for three miles to end in West Hollywood. Later we found out there were thirty thousand people in attendance, but all we knew at the time was that it was an enormous crowd!
We marched with families, couples, the young and old…the vibe was amazing, so positive and uplifting. The signs we spotted along the way were fantastic. Some were poignant, some angry, and some hilarious. Here are a couple of my favorites:
After we ended up in West Hollywood, we listened to a few speakers, including RuPaul, Nancy Pelosi, Adam Schiff and Maxine Waters. We had a drink at the world-famous Abbey, the gay bar recently featured on the E reality show “What Happens at the Abbey.” One of the show’s cast members is Andrew Christian model Cory Zwierzynski, who just happens to be the cover model for my book Signs of Life! (Cory wasn’t there for Pride, unfortunately. He was in Key West for a bartending competition.)
After our drink, we rushed to the next event I was in town for, my reading of an excerpt from the third book in my Resilient Love series, Unquiet, at The Ripped Bodice! I was really nervous. I’ve attended GRL as an author, but I hadn’t participated in any spotlights like a reading or Q&A before, so this was my first time. It’s so hard reading out of your own book! The other authors in attendance were amazing, so friendly and so talented. I’ve met Tara Lain before, but Caraway Carter, Louisa Bacio and Laina Villanueva were new to me, and we became fast friends. If you ever get a chance to visit The Ripped Bodice, you definitely should. It’s a wonderful store, the owners so warm and welcoming. I had a marvelous time.
I hope everyone had as wonderful a Pride month as I did. If you attended Pride in your city, I’d love to hear about it! Also, I’d love to give away print copies of my three-book Resilient Love series (Everything Changes, Signs of Life and Unquiet) to one US commenter in honor of Pride. International friends, I’ll offer a set of the three e-books!
Thanks so much, Dani and Love Bytes, for hosting me today.