Auston and I have never been huge gay rights activists though we have plenty of friends who take on that role and some who are even employed in that area of work. To them, and to all the countless others that we don’t know personally, we are of course eternally grateful for the work they do. We and the rest of the LGBT community directly benefit from their hard efforts. However, I’ve just never been innately passionate about it. It’s odd I suppose since it directly affects me, but it’s the same for many others. Just because you’re woman, or a minority, or an immigrant doesn’t mean you’re working day and night for your specific rights even though you clearly need and benefit from them. We all take on different passions, hobbies, works and activities. And we support one another when necessary.
As we exited the central train station to step into the city of Antwerp for the first time, we felt immediately wrapped in the colorful embrace of a multitude of rainbow flags. We have been to a fair number of gay pride events over the past two years – four last year and five this year which we later learned was unimpressive compared to the ten plus pride events another American expat living in Germany had attended this year – but we have never seen a city so decked out in rainbows before. You really would have thought Rainbow Brite and her gayer-than-unicorns-sidekick-horse, Starlite, had been hired to decorate the city.