Thursday, May 16, 2013

Pictures from a Great Day

I promised pictures from Tuesday's signing of the marriage equality bill and after-party, and here they are.

The crowd waited in the 95°+ sun for the signing, including two Wisconsinites with signs:

Crowd in front of the Minnesota State Capitol, including two people holding signs that say Still Waiting in Wisconsin

I go for the shirts when it comes time to take photos. It's a weakness of mine:

Man in shirt with Equality = Awesome

I had thought about wearing my Vote No shirt, and decided against it, but this guy had a more creative approach:

Man with Vote No shirt changed to Vote Yes with masking tape

The Minnesota Freedom Band marched away from the signing on the way to the party, playing "Born This Way."

Minnesota Freedom Band marching, purple t-shirts

The tuba player had something to say about slut shaming:

Tuba player with opening of horn covered with handmade sign that says No Slut Shame

A new kind of tandem bike, with a message:

Two women with two bikes attached with state of Minnesota shape between and a heart and equal sign on it

Minnesota is the 12th state to pass marriage equality. I loved this guy's homemade shirt.

Man in hand-crafted red t-shirt with Minnesota quilted on with the number 12 above

In case you can't read this one, it says Resist Dichotomies:

Man with shirt that says Both And - Refuse Dichotomies

Big Table Studio, which is located right across the street from the party location, had a small exhibit of posters created to encourage the move to marriage equality.

The first one is letterpress, by Bill Moran. It's metallic silver ink on black paper -- that's a large, wood-type number 8, turned sideways, with other wooden "furniture" used to create the bottom point. And then the letters GLBTQ printed over.

Poster by Bill Moran, black paper with metallic silver heart and other letters overlaid, reading Love is the Law, May 14, 2013

I don't have the artist names on the rest of the posters.

Heart overprinted onto shape of Minnesota

Those not from Minnesota may not know that Judy Garland grew up in a northern Minnesota town (back when she was Frances Gumm). I think that's supposed to be a liberated Betty Crocker on the right.
Illustrated poster showing Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz dancing arm-in-arm with a butch-looking woman

Paul and Jolly:

Illustrated poster showing Paul Bunyan dancing arm-in-arm with the Jolly Green Giant

Sassy but true:

Letterpress poster of two retro-looking illustrated women in bed, overprinted with the words Lesbian Moms - Twice the Pie

Big table had its press, right in the front window, running. They had loaded a split fountain of red and blue:

Bed of a metal letterpress with type set up that reads Love is the Law

Anyone who wanted could pull a proof onto orange paper:

Two women showing a proof of a poster that says Love is the Law

I got one, too, (big surprise) for my letterpress collection.


Ms Sparrow said...

I keep looking for the faces of friends in all the crowds in photos and on TV and don't see anyone I know. That only points out how very large our community is. It's about time we were given equal rights!

Daughter Number Three said...

I was thinking the same thing when I was at the Capitol. Lots of people I knew were there, but I didn't see a single one.

Blissed-Out Grandma said...

I couldn't be there except in spirit. Thanks for posting this.