Pride and Prejudice


I’m finding it hard to believe we’re over a week into June – summer is rushing by. One of my favorite things about this season is all the Pride events happening around the country. I’ve heard some people say that after last year’s Supreme Court decision on marriage equality and other advances, Pride events are not as important as they used to be. I strongly disagree and I think you only need to look at the tenor of this election season and the recent parade of crazy bathroom statutes to see prejudice is as strong as ever. Pride festivals and parades give us an opportunity to show the world that we’re here, we’re queer, and when we come together, we can achieve great things. And have fun doing it 🙂

BSB Booth at Houston Pride

This month Bold Strokes authors will have booths at lots of Pride events around the country – Boston, Denver, Providence, Knoxville, Nashville, and Houston (hint: follow BSB on Facebook to get updates about the where and when). These festivals are a great opportunity to talk about our stories with our LGBT family and our allies, many of whom we might not have an opportunity to meet in other venues.

I’ll be at Houston Pride. selling and signing books, on Saturday, June 25th, along with Laydin Michaels, MJ Williamz, Melissa Brayden, and Barbara Ann Wright. If you’re in the area, stop by our booth, pick up some swag and let’s share some stories.




  1. Next year, you and/or Bold Stroke should consider the Columbus, Ohio Pride event. It’s the 2nd largest in the Midwest after Chicago usually drawing a 200,000+. My wife and I can’t go this year due to other June commitments but we plan to attend Toledo Pride later in the year as we did a couple of years ago. It’s a much smaller (but growing) event that was far more laid back and it was just plain fun. The crowds at Columbus can be overwhelming. Great if you’re a vendor or musician but tough if you want to see the parade, buy food or get in the sight lines of any of the stages.


  2. Great idea. We generally do these festivals where there is a concentration of authors in the local area – there’s lots of hauling of stuff involved, but I’ll definitely pass this along to any of our authors who live near Columbus. Thanks for chiming in!


  3. I agree Carsen, Pride events are important and considering the number of countries (including Australia) that don’t yet have marriage equality, the restroom issue and other prejudices we face on a daily basis means we need to be seen. Would love for BSB to have a stall at our local pride, in fact I’d give a lot to have it, so I implore all of the fans in the US and UK to attend these events and support the authors.


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