> Glad to hear you're back in one piece :) Sounds like one more reason why
> never march =^.^= You guys got pictures ne? ne? ne? ;p
I didn't have a camera but there will be loats of pictures, Trust me, I was
filmed by 4 news groups (The Much Music, City TV and Pride TV camera guys
just loved the banner >^_^<) I was walking with that thing all weekend long
and didn't put it away until I was heading home late at night. On Saturday
night a group of lesbians saw me and ran over and one said "Thanks for
walking around with that thing all week, It takes alot of courage and I
respect that." It would seem that after Dyke march was over most of the
girls put their banners and signs away and since the one I made for Yuricon
doubled as a tent to keep me out of the shade I walked around with it all
weekend handing out fliers to anyone who asked what it ment. I most have
gotten my pic taken about 30 times on Saturday and I lost track on sunday.
From the news to just people on the street everyone just loved the Image.
The best thing was someone saying "Hey I remember seeing that in
Here is a basic run down of the fun:
Friday, Signed autograghs at HT all day long. Met alot of Anime North fans
some were happy to see me because they missed a chance during AN. A few were
talking about how they loved my Youth Issues (discusion on Alien 9) panel.
At 5 to 6 I decided to start packing up seeing as there wasn't many people.
I suddenly shouted "Well I guess noone is interested in Lesbian art." Two
women buying someone for thier son suddenly perked up "Where? What?" They
insantly grabed a poster of Yuriko with love. Also Seravy finally poked her
head out from behind a shelve. I didn't even see her come into the store I
was so tired (didn't get a wink of sleep the night before) Together we ran
off to Church street where we waited for Fatima to arrive (turns out she got
stuck with some cute girls at the Sobe stand... poor her LOL) It turns out
that the Raging Asians (the Taiko dummers) didn't make it to the show but
all in all it was a good night of Lesbian Peotry, song and Lit.
Saturday, I arrived a half an hour eariler then expected so waited around
until Zepher showed up. When it looked like noone else was going to show we
started walking to Hairy T. because I left some of my stuff there the other
night. This turned out to be a good thing because we found Seravy walking
down the street. Turns out she went to the wrong Shopper. (Seravy gave me a
cute card >^_^<) After geting my things we started off to church, but not
before pulling out the Yuricon banner from my art case and putting it onto a
long pole high above my head with a pride flag strung along the top which I
tied the bottem of into my belt loops to creat a little pride tent (you
would not beleive how many people thought that this was the neatest and
smartest idea for a banner *grins* one girls said "Of course only a women
would be that smart" LOL) . All set we were off to Celebrate. I am gratful
to have had those to girls with me because the banner turned out to be alot
heavier then I first expected it to be and Seravy carrying my art case was
alot of help (plus I think she was having alot of fun with it too "Coming
trough I'm an artist" as she ran into the 519 to grab a paper LOL)
After wandering around for a bit and running into a few fans The amount of
times someone yell "KAT!" shocked me. I thought it was the banner but it
turned out most knew me by my face then anything else. Never thought I was
that memroable of a person. One girl planned to join us in the Dyke March
but needed to find her friends first. She ran off to be lost in teh crowds.
The 3 of use realized that the march was about to start so ran over to
Church and Charles where we found a huge pile of lesbians all gathering and
getting ready to march. We saw the Lesbian Geek group, more like they saw
me, Turns out they were all Anime Fans... actually alot of them were fans
from AN and knew me. There were all excited. We started handing out fliers
right away. I coached Zepher and Seravy in the fine art of give out flier
(my hands were to full with the banner. The Dykes on Bikes past by and the
march was one. Most was a blur but I saw quite a few familier faces, many
called out to me. I got stopped by camera men left right and center (scary
was the fact that I knew most of the camera men by name LOL) The March was
so much fun and was over way to fast. Afterwards we wander around. Got some
fun. Then Zepher had to leave and finally Seravy leaving me to walk the
streets alone. I stood the banner up in the dirt, sat down in a park with
the Toronto Youth group and started sketching random cute girls, basically
I'd spot a girl and then draw her as if she was an anime character then give
it to her. This attracted a few people.
Guy: "What are you doing?"
Kat: "Drawing random cute girls?"
Guy: "Realy? Who are you going to do next?"
Kat: "Well I was thinkihng about that one girl in the tie there, but she is
leaving" Points at one girl who was walking away.
Guy looks up then back and smile "One second." Runs off and talks with girl
who looks over and blushes.
Teh camera man from Much Music filmed me sketching, I wish I knew when that
was aired...*sighs* anyone see me on TV on Saturday? Afterwords, I ran into
more fans and spent the night talking about this and that until I too
finally had to catch the last bus home at 12:30 am.
Sunday I was up at 8 am because it was a holiday schedule. I was about to
run out the door when I checked my email to find out my 2 lovly assistant
were not going to make it.. ack. It looked like I'd be on my own this day.
Just like the other day I unpacked the banner just as I got to Church street
and walked up to see the street even more packed the the day before. I could
not believe how many people there where. I weaved my way through the croad
until I found a street lined with booth. AHA! Yesterday I was looking for
the Sirens booth (A mag. that celebrates Dyke Pride in Toronto) and today I
suddenly knew where they would be hiding. Not only did I find them but I
found more and more people who were more then happy to see I made it to
Pride. The girls at the Xtra booth offered to hold on to my things until the
march at 2pm so I was free to run around talking to people and getting
everyone I could interested in Yuricon (Note: Erica-kun before I left I
printed off a few things from teh site. Your Message from the orginizers,
The sponcer page and the Guest Shine and history of Shoujo ai and Yuri,
anything that hit a cord in me... They were all a big hit with the Lesbians
groups and the Gay and Lesbian Film festivel... we'll be hearing more from
Before I knew it it was almost 2 pm. The Guys at the GenX bears table were
nice enough to look after my things while I was in the pride (Thanks guys!)
So I was off. When I got there everyone was already lined up as far as the
eye could see. I found a Marshal and asked where I was supposed to be but it
turned out that Yuricon wasn't listed even though I filled out all the paper
work. He took one look at the banner and said "You look very official...
give me a second and we'll find a place for you" Soon I found myself
standing between teh "Gay fathers" and the New York Marching band. I was so
alone. Teh girls holding the New york banner offered to carry my bag of
fliers and wallet for me which I was greatfull for. The marchers were split
into two groups on either side of the raod and shuffled together as we
entered the parade strip. While waiting for our turn I ran into the "Chinese
Lesbians of Toronto" Some of the girl loved the banner and we got to
talking. Before I knew it I was adopted by the group (in which a few were
Japanese but there was no group for them.) They were more then happy to have
me marching with them. So I was now marching with the Gay Asians of Toronto
*grins* I lost my water so was about to buy more when I noticed that I
didn't have my wallet and the New York Marching band was already part of the
parade. I talked to the Marshals and they said because I was only one person
I could run up ahead if I liked. one told me I could have full rain of the
parade if I liked. So I was off running up Bloor street. As I ran along the
side of the parade there was a wave of cheers. I waved to everyone then
finally found my bag and ran back being followed by the same wave of cheers
oning in the opposite direction.
Turned out to be a good thing I made a tent out of the banner because it
took forever for us to be called into the parade, but once we got going it
was great fun. The Chinese Lesbians were a blast. They got the croud going
with cheers. Myself I'd not had much of a voice of I just ran around waveing
and handed out fliers to anyone who yelled out for them. Out of the 1000
Filers I was only left with about 200 and that was because I forgot some
back in my art case. I was cleaned out before we got half way through the
parade. I lost count of how many times I heard people call out my name,
never mind the amount of people shouting "Shoujo ai!" I remember a group fo
Japanese girls who were really excited to see the banner, Pointing and
shouting "A Japanese flap!!" Guess it was a good thing to add that to the
banner. I found Fatima in the croad and got a hug from her, also found more
and more fans who all cheered us on. It was great seeing all the fans >^_^<
I've even got a few emails from some of them saying that they saw me and wre
cheering me one. Near the need I started getting silly like everyone else..
I taook off my toop and ran in circles only wearing a sports bra. Running
ahead of the chinese girl and back again. I've never had so much fun. After
the march we all got together for photos.
I was hot and tired from all the walking. I ran out of water half way
through and needed some badly. I finally found some and poured a good
portion of it on my legs soaking my jeans through and the rest on my head.
This was the first time I didn't care what I looked like. refreshed I ran
back to all the festivitist. Spent the rest of the day running around
talking with people and just having fun. Late at night I ran whiel I was
leaning against a wall trying to eat pizza while fighting with the banner
that kept falling over ever 2 minute a girl noticed the banner and came
screaming over to chat, then a couple of the girls from the Geek Dykes group
showed up and we chated for a while. During the conversation the girls
suddenly started smiling at something over my shoulder and when I looked
there was a camera man standing there and someone with a mic. He interviewed
us and filmed the banner asking about Yuricon and noteing the URL on the
banner. I dont' know what film crew he belongs to but it was more air time
for Yuricon! The Geek Girls sayed that they want to march beside me in the
parade next year. I really hope to have more then just myself by then.
It turned out to be rather late so I had to run and catch my bus so colaped
the banner into my art case a perpared for the long trip home. I was tired
and my legs hurt but this was the best Pride I've ever had in my life (and
I've been in pride for 6 years now) The witll be the most memorable.. well
until next year *grins*
Hope everyone else had a good pride. And thanks to everyone who cheered me