A Pride festival is a celebration in any weather, and was there ever weather when The Leftscape visited New Jersey’s 27th annual Pride event! Take a journey through a magazine of recorded clips as Wendy Sheridan, Robin Renée, and Mary McGinley brave the wind and the rain to check out Jersey Pride in Asbury Park on Sunday, June 3rd, 2018. A good time was had by all, but not without some effort to be audible and to prevent umbrella destruction in the wind.
A striking young woman named Dawn speaks about feeling free to be her pansexual self in the festival environment. Scott Rudder of the New Jersey CannaBusiness Association speaks optimistically about the changing marijuana laws in the US and encourages listeners toward activism to end the prohibition. Robin catches up with her old friend and fellow musician Josh Zuckerman about the making of his sixth CD. He was a featured performer along with Jacob St Aubin, Heather Mae, Liz Graham, Felipe Rose (Village People), La Bouche, and others.
Once out of the elements, Wendy, Mary, and Robin have an extended conversation on one of the day’s recurring themes: Why “Pride?” What does that mean in 2018? Are today’s events all celebration or do they retain their political impact? They reflect on the presence of sections of the AIDS Quilt and remember those lost. As free-form conversations are wont to do, this one wanders off into current events and pop culture including controversies over recent events involving Roseanne Barr and Samantha Bee, and what makes Rosanne so different from the TV classic, All in the Family.
Tune in again next week for a show in quieter circumstances and recorded with a brand new microphone!
Listen to The Leftscape – the shape of progressive conversation: Jersey Pride LIVE (Episode 2)