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Dallas Gay Pride Parade – Of Leather and Beads (21/gazillion)

My evil brother who sucks once conned me into visiting a leather bar in Brussels… He invited me for tea and scones (which I thought was incredibly sweet and sophisticated on his part – and unexpected if I may say), picked me up and drove me to a beautiful house in a posh neighborhood. Only inside did I realize that there would be no tea to be had on white linen tablecloths. I should have known better…

The Dallas Eagle bar seems to be one of these hopping places which devotes each night of the week to different activities or club parties. We apparently have quite a few leather clubs in Dallas.

The DISCIPLE Corps (at Dallas Eagle every 2nd Friday of the month) outlines rigid rules for party etiquette. You are not to touch someone else’s toys for example (unless asked to.) Also if you see something that appears unsafe, you can’t interrupt the “play”: you report your concerns to a Dungeon Master. The club is also just like Vegas and whatever happens there stays there.

The DFW Leather Boys organize educational workshops called TOOLS for da boys (or girls.) The young are tutored in the finer arts of leather care, shining boots (I think boot licking might be involved), spanking, flogging, medical play, anticipatory service, and wax play to name only a few. The medical workshop looks scary.

I think that’s cute! The big hunky guy in leather fretting over his tangled beads… Baaad Boy! He should be punished. Dungeon Master, over here please!

Hunky AND romantic… What more to ask for?

The seminar on leather care gave me pause. These guys would make their lives much easier if they replaced the leather with polyurethane. It almost looks like leather from a distance, is machine-washable and allows air to circulate through the fabric. It also saves cows.

Dallas Gay Pride Parade – My Boy Lollipop – (20/gazillion)

I know, I know… Not for me.

Way too young…

Dallas Gay Pride Parade – Eclecti-City – (19/gazillion)

A pierced tongued witch and a pierced nosed lederhosen man. This is Dallas.

The wicked witch confused the Gay Pride Parade and the Halloween Parade. Why are all these people making evil gestures at me? I’m almost longing for the Japanese peace signs (I said almost.) The witch’s curves should make fellow blogger Razzbufnik happy.

Making out with this man? A dangerous venture! The horns protruding from his nostrils could totally poke an eye. You would need to wear protective goggles.

Dallas embraces cultural diversity.

Dallas Gay Pride Parade – Duke Daisy – (18/gazillion)

My mother always told me: “If you adorn your head with a huge heart made of daisies, remember to act accordingly, very lady-like.” Well DUH!

The Duke Daisy is not only not lady-like BUT adding insult to injury, he is throwing the goat at me! Either that or he is a Texas Longhorns fan. Doubtful.

Oh yeah! Now acting all coy and demure. Nice try!

Dallas Gay Pride Parade – He/She – (17/gazillion)

Dear Santa, whatever this person in the photo is, that’s the body I’m ordering for Christmas. Thanks a bunch.

The context tells me this is a man lady, but I do not want to believe it. I’m not actually convinced it is not a woman.

note to Santa: I have been good to moderate good all year long!

Dallas Gay Pride Parade – Beachwear – (16/gazillion)

A strange trio. A tall skinny dude in a Speedo (and not the full-body Olympic kind), a young one in a mini-hula skirt and their identical older version.

I said “tall” but the soles on the boots may have had something to do with it.

The Speedo, the mini straw skirt, the lei, the feathers: all fine by me. But someone got confused on beach footwear. Anna Wintour would not approve.

The last of the shoe offenders. Mr. Miyagi!

These guys may have been a bit on the strange side but they were having a ball. The audience loved them! I keep wondering it this was a family outing. Some peeps go to Disney Land, some don’t. To each his own.

Dallas Gay Pride Parade – Packages – (15/gazillion)

If you come down the street strutting your style in tight swim trunks, it’s pretty evident what it’s all about. The two following parade participants made me blush like a catholic schoolgirl.

And especially this one:

I am rarely at a loss for words but in these two cases, I just do not know what to say.

Dallas Gay Pride Parade – TMI – (14/gazillion)

Then Woman-Out-of-Control-in-the-Pick-Up-Truck appeared on the horizon and landed right in front of my camera by miracle.

There is boobage no doubt… But, er, a trip to Victoria’s Secret prior to the Parade may have been beneficial for all involved.

Ooh what is she going to do next? I fear!

TMI! TMI! TMI!

Yeah, well, if I were you, I’d auto-spank myself too! Naughty, naughty, naughty!

I looked back at my photographs to find out what the girl was promoting and could not come up with anything. I am at a loss right now just thinking about it. Sadly, this is as wild as the parade ever got.

Dallas Gay Pride Parade – Bears – (13/gazillion)

I called it the Village People float because all the guys looked like the construction worker but it turns out it was the Bears. Sounds like a scout troop but, er, not quite the case. The bears are in fact a gay sub-culture which consists mostly of hairy corpulent gay or bisexual males with a working class look. Please forgive all the gross generalizations.

A slew of expressions emerged from the bear community. A Panda Bear is Asian. A Pocket Bear is short. A Bear fag hag is a Goldilocks. An Otter is hairy but slimmer than the usual bear, etc.

The bears have their own code system for placing adds. For example: Bob Donahue, one of the co-author of the code is a: B5 c+ f s- w t- k or a full bearded definite cub, furry in a bearish sense, relationship oriented, with a little tummy, shorter than average, and open-minded bear. The code saves a lot of money to U.S. bears.

I believe this is a Dallas Polar Daddy bear holding the International Bear Brotherhood Flag.

Annually, the Dallas Bears host the Texas Bear Round-Up which attracts hundreds of bears. The code of conduct for the event includes a specific ban on public defecation (!) and public nudity (complete coverage of genitals and butt crack – jock straps do not qualify.) 😉

Dallas Gay Pride Parade – Churches – (12/gazillion)

Religion and homosexuality. I’m so not going to take part in that little debate, but the number of churches participating in the parade was impressive (while not always phenomenally entertaining.)

The core values of the Cathedral of Hope are Compassion, Inclusion, Liberation, Hope and Faith in Jesus. That part is great but I was amused by the way Liberation is explained on their site: “We seek to challenge all oppression, particularly the oppression of queer people.” Queer? I was smacked on my fingers for using that adjective once.

A young congregationalist practicing waves and high fives

I am not sure whom Afro Man was representing. Dallas Nipple Pimps?

Afro Nipple Man conjures up images of Rooster in Baretta in more muscular, hairier, and nuder… or maybe it was Huggy Bear from Starsky and Hutch in more muscular, hairier, and nuder.