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A Bright Moment from Seattle Pride

I went to Seattle Pride yesterday. It was a hell of a party, as always, but the shootings in Orlando and the brutal beating of a transgender activist in my neighborhood last week (on their way home from an event raising money for the survivors of Pulse) were clearly on everyone's minds.

There was a huge turn-out - half a million people, according to the Seattle Times.

And in the middle of this boisterous crowd, decked out in fabulous costumes and rainbows and leather and almost nothing, there is one man who stands out in my memory.

He was a slim black man wearing a long white robe, traditional Islamic dress. He had a sign that said, "I am a Muslim, but I am not a terrorist. There are no bad religions, only religions with bad people in them. I love you. If you trust me, give me a hug." He held the sign up high, at arms-reach above his head. He was blindfolded, a black-and white keffiyah scarf wrapped around his eyes.

Hundreds of people had lined up to give him a hug. They whispered to him as they embraced him. One large man picked him up in a bear hug and spun him around several times while the crowd laughed and cheered, before returning him to the ground and steadying him while he caught his balance, silent but smiling now, sign still held high.

It was a powerful symbol of love and faith, and one I will never forget.


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Jun. 27th, 2016 07:22 pm (UTC)
TYK for sharing this beautiful thing that stands out in your memory so now it can stand out in the memory of those who read your LJ!
Jul. 2nd, 2016 06:53 am (UTC)
Oh wow, thank you for sharing that.
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