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July 1, 2013 at 8:00 PM

A big week for the LGBT community

Pride Parade was a chance to celebrate 

Married couple Paul Beppler, left, and Terry Gilbert of Seattle, share a kiss during Seattle's 39th annual Pride Parade. [Bettina Hansen, The Seattle Times.]

Married couple Paul Beppler, left, and Terry Gilbert of Seattle, share a kiss during Seattle’s 39th annual Pride Parade. [Bettina Hansen, The Seattle Times.]

On the heels of the historic Supreme Court rulings on the Defense Of Marriage Act and today’s re-institution of marriage equality and licenses for same-sex couples in California, Seattle had its Pride Parade and Festival on Sunday.

This is normally a rather local event, the “overshadowed” end-of-June West Coast Pride occurrence after San Francisco and Los Angeles. It’s also an event that, given my age of 57, I might otherwise say, “Been there, done that.” But not this year.

Though I may not be marching, I’ll definitely be there cheering, screaming and even weeping along with the 750,000 supporters (or more).

I never dreamed that I’d see in my lifetime the day when gay men and women could marry, let alone receive the benefits straight couples receive, at least in this state.

This has been absolutely stunning. The parade will be a party — my party, our party, a party celebrating equality and justice for millions of men and women who otherwise were cast aside and left in the margins because of who they love.

I’m proud to be who I am, a man of many qualities and facets, one which happens to be that I am gay. I’m also more proud to be an American than I have been in years.

Rusty Myers, Seattle

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