Gay Rights and DC Stormy Evenings

Yesterday I briefly joined my friend Sharon at the Family Equality Council rally in Freedom Plaza to celebrate the Supreme Court’s rulings on DOMA and Proposition 8. Wanting to be part of this historic moment — it’s always nice to look back and say you were there — I made my way down to D.C on a weeknight, something I’m usually pretty lazy about. But my friend Hee-Jin was with me, which made the trip a little easier. The gathering was small but inspiring — it’s so exciting to live in a time when these kinds of cultural shifts are happening.

Evening rally/celebration.

Evening rally/celebration.

Afterwards, Hee-Jin and I decided to get drinks near U-Street (I’ll blog about this later today) and made the 1.6 mile walk down 13th and Vermont in hot, muggy conditions. I think we both ended up with blisters on our feet and probably didn’t look our best, but I hadn’t done any exercise all day and was feeling a little guilty. Walking in 90 degree, 100 percent humidity weather has to burn double the calories, right? On our walk, the sky was threatening imminent torrential downpour the whole time, but we eventually made it before the rain came.

We walked from Freedom Plaza to the U-Street neighborhood (A very hot, blister-producing 1.6 mile walk) and the whole time, it was threatening to storm.

We walked from Freedom Plaza to the U-Street neighborhood (A very hot, blister-producing 1.6 mile walk) and the whole time, it was threatening to storm.

Rowhouses and stormy skies near U-Street.

Rowhouses and stormy skies near U-Street. I love this kind of lighting for photos: The sky is threatening thunderstorms but somehow, a sliver of sunlight makes its way through the clouds and the lighting is so perfect.

DC rowhouses and stormy  skies.

One last picture of stormy skies and rowhouses. Rowhouses like these are pretty typical in and around the U-Street neighborhood, a neighborhood that gentrified in the early to mid 200os. U-Street is one of D.C’s more interesting neighborhoods in my opinion, and I hope to write a couple of blog posts about it in the near future.



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