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Historically, LGBT Pride month is at this time because of the beginning of the Stonewall Inn riots on June 28th, 1969. On that day in the early morning in Greenwich Village’s most fabulous street, Christopher Street, the homosexual community decided they’d had it with police raids and laws that made them a marginalized group. They began a series a violent protests that many mark as the beginning of the Gay Liberation movement, a movement that has continued and brought gay rights to the forefront.
Year after year, the anniversary of the Stonewall has been celebrated in an increasing number of cities across the US, and year after year, we come closer and closer to the goal of normalization and open mindedness that the people at Stonewall were fighting for.
We are proud to participate in this legacy by supporting Portland Pride, and we hope all of you will go out to your various cities’ Prides, or create a Pride of your own!
Last year we were approached by the newest LGBT publication in town, PQ Monthly, to sponsor an event they were starting called Gay Skate.
This is a regular event that is meant for LGBT families to come and have fun roller skating in an atmosphere of acceptance. Gay Skate takes place every third Monday at Oaks Park Skate Rink, which is right near our Sock Dreams shop.
One of the best things that’s come out of sponsoring Gay Skate, besides supporting a great event, is it has strengthened our relationship not only with PQ Monthly, but with our Portland roller derby team The Rose City Rollers.
This month instead of doing the usual split ad with RCR, as the Rose City Rollers are called, we are combining our efforts and creating a photo ad in the shared space featuring LGBT skaters in Sock Dreams socks! One of most special pieces of this ad is being able to have one of the young players of the RCR team, The Rosebuds, in the photo shoot, as gay skate is geared toward LGBT youth.
We look forward to working with RCR at our upcoming Portland Pride, where we will have the most epic booth of all times!
This was our sixth year at PrideNW and we levelled up this year by marching in the parade! Dreamers can be a shy bunch, so our numbers were filled out with family and friends, including a couple folks from the fire troupe Weapons of Mass Distraction, which our Dream Stockings Manager is a member of.
Our doggie contingent was represented by little Mr. Ferous, who rocked some socks from our shop, held to his harness with Double Grip Clips. Though skeptical about the socks at first, he quickly forgot all about them because he was having so much fun walking in the parade!
Of course, we didn’t just walk in the parade, our booth was chock-full of socky goodness.
We had a lovely time and we hope your local Prides have gone or go as wonderfully as ours did. Even the temperamental Portland weather cooperated! If you’re still in need of rainbows, we’ve got a bunch of new rainbow styles for you to check out, because remember: Sock Fairies want YOU to rock some socks! For more pictures that we got during the event, check out the gallery!
We love sponsoring and tabling at Pride NW, this will be our sixth year doing it and we always have fun, even when Portland’s idea of summer means a constant drizzle (like last year). This year should be even more special, because we’ve got a great surprise! Well, not exactly a surprise, since I’m talking about it here.
Maybe you’re familiar with our lovely logo decked out in rainbow socks? We even have desktop wallpaper of her (along with her more monochromatically coloured variations) and the “Summer” variation of our gift cards sport the same rainbow thigh highs.
Well, this vibrant vision of rainbow-sockness will be at our booth (we’re booth H1)! No, not in the flesh, but as a peep-through board! Also known as a face stand-in and “those boards with a hole cut out for you to stick your face through for pictures,” we’ve magicked up an awesome way for you to be our fabulous logo!
Even more fabulous, we’re going to compile images of all the folks who peep through and play as our logo! Forget plain ol’ rainbows, it’s going to be a spectrum of gorgeousness.
We were worried we wouldn’t get it done in time for Pride, but we harnessed our magical sock power and everything went faster as we got further along, from planning it out:
To laying down all those colours!
But we got it done and it’s just waiting for you!
So if you see us at Pride NW, say hello and have a go at seeing the world through our logo’s eyes (or face, I guess!).
For six years, Sock Dreams has been both a sponsor and a vendor at Portland’s annual Pride NW. This year, we’ll be coming out in a whole new way: we’ll finally be marching in the big parade! Many of us Dreamers are shy, elusive creatures, preferring to dream behind the scenes and only show our feet and legs, so we’ve only watched from the sidelines– until now. We’ll be joined by many of our local comrades-in-sock, so you might just see someone you know, or you might even recognize some legs from our website and social media. When you see us pass by, cheer as loudly as you can and show us your sock pride!
If you’re looking for our booth, be aware that it’s in a slightly different place than last year, now at H-1 and H-7. Click the image for big:
Our booth will be well-stocked with rainbows, fluff, glitter, and fur, so stop by and pick up some flair! We’ll be set up to sell on both Saturday and Sunday, 12 – 6 PM.
We’ll have another fun Pride surprise for you on Friday, so stay tuned to the blog! Until then, take a look back at a recap of our booth activity from Pride 2011, grab your rainbow socks, and we’ll see you this weekend! ♥