Not long ago, I blogged that gay weddings should never be boring. Those grooms I was referring to in that post came back to me a few weeks later and announced that they had an idea for wedding entertainment.
Turns out that one of their guests was Yuri Lane, a world-renowned beat-box artist and husband of their friend, Rachel, the officiant. Yuri provided about 5 minutes of entertainment in the form of a beat-box toast to the grooms referencing their jobs, their dogs, the wedding location (Provincetown) and all sorts of inspired elements.
Yuri was incredible, deeply memorable, hilarious and brilliant. I'm sure the wedding guests are still talking about this very unique form of entertainment. All it takes is 5 minutes to get everyone together, build a memory, then fill the dance floor back up for the rest of the night. It's great advice for not just a gay wedding, but any wedding!
OK, this is a little off topic, but did you watch the Oscars? I always
get excited this time of year because once upon a time, I was a film
student and I still love the movies. I was elated to seeMilkwin two well-deserved Oscars.
I was born in 1976 in NY. Harvey Milk died in 1978 in San Francisco. As such, I didn't know of him until I was an undergrad at Boston University and watched The Times of Harvey Milk documentary. He was an inspiration then and seeing Milk a few months ago, reinforced that. The film made me feel like I was there, in the crowd, at the rallies organized by Milk.
It's humbling to hear the stories of the leaders in the gay rights
movement, to see how far things have come and have faith that same-sex
marriage equality is coming next. It was inspiring to be around the new
leaders of the gay marriage movement and hear their speeches when gay
marriage came to Massachusetts in 2004.
I am incredibly moved by the acceptance speech of the writer of Milk, Dustin Lance Black, shown below.
I felt uplifted - but, because I am fueled by momentum and like to take things a step further, it left me with a question: how are you going to channel the inspiration you now feel? And that's a question I have for everyone who cares about this issue and was moved by last night's speech...