London Pride and Manchester Pride get some of the biggest musical names in the country.
York Pride? A covers band called Jesus and the Felchmonkeys.
(The several over-fifties readers I know of might not understand the full implications of the name; to them, I suggest a nice cup of tea instead of brooding about it.)
Now, York University Students' Union, us, happened to have the largest banner, near the entrance. It really looked as if we were running the whole show, and people behaved accordingly.
So, when Jesus (an astoundingly wobbly man) of Jesus and the Felchmonkeys came onstage in a frilly bikini and a sink plunger, we laid our heads in our hands and cried.
When he mooned the audience, we died a little inside.
If I were allowed to choose a representative of the LGBTQI community, to wave about at the straight/cis passers by, I might choose... well, not him....
Anyway, we handed out some leaflets. They were good leaflets, if a little EXCITABLE!!! because one of our officers loves the humble exclamation mark, and the underline tool, and Caps Lock, a little more than is healthy. QUEER!!! Hooray!!!!
Anyway, Hagrid and I filled out some surveys about our sex life (which is astonishingly dull, if the questions are anything to go by - have YOU ever used poppers while receiving anal intercourse? I thought that was oddly specific, too).
Here are the first question, verbatim.
1) Are you a) a man, or b) a woman? This survey is for men only. If you are a woman, do not complete this survey.
The second question was "Are you a trans man?" which was nice. Of course, the rest of the questions demonstrate that they'd forgotten about trans men altogether, but meh.
Incidentally, he's now on the phone to Kim, who works in Jorvik Viking Centre. Not Eboracum Roman Centre, say, but Jorvik Viking Centre, with all the big Vikings on the side and all the Viking stuff in it.
One of the visitors to Jorvik, in Jorvik, while Kim was wearing her Jorvik Viking costume, asked, sincerely, whether she was a Roman.
This was because she is female, and Vikings were all men.
Someone else complained that there were only two Viking re-enactors. There were four. Two had vaginas.
But... the Vikings were all men, godsdammit, and I with my Massive Penis of Saxon-Bashing will tell you so!
I just wrote an ending to this post explaining that I now want to be a fireman when I grow up, with astonishing illogic.
I have the spine of someone sixty years older. I don't remember a life without constant back pain.
Career plan fail.