Amidst this weekend's multitude of
Gay Pride events – Berlin's parade drawing 550,000 people, Chicago's
Dyke March and Mamma Mia Sing-Along, Dublin's 'Pride and Prejudice'
parade in tuxes and wedding gowns, New York's Madonna Madness and
Rapture On The River Dances – comes news of
the first-ever Equality float in the annual Saddle Horse Show and Rodeo
Parade in Hollister, Ca., a self-described "conservative, old-fashioned cowboy and cattle town."
The rainbow-flag-bedecked float, we are told, "drew cheers and some
jeers, but they were...rather civilized."
think it's time to let the people of Hollister see us as regular
people," said lesbian and cowgirl Lisa Vallejo, who with her partner
will be roping and riding at the rodeo.