Ok, so I lied. I didn't update you on the shoes on Thursday. Will you ever forgive me? I'm not sure my readership can stand a hit.
The reason for all the lack of time for posting yesterday, besides the whole cleaning-smashed-raspberries-off-everything bit, was that a decent-sized chunk of the day was consumed by the ultra-fabulous and super-fantastic first birthday party for GayRVA. w00t! And the reason I was there, besides just that its founder, Kevin Clay, throws a hell of a shindig, was that me & my girls Sarah, Sara, and Patience, were being named the first annual Out.Spoken. Richmonders of the Year, for our organization of Pennies in Protest last March. This was an overwhelming and humbling honor, and really says something about how a spur-of-the-moment decision to do an act of kindness can have major repercussions. As recipients of this award, we were really not representing just ourselves, but also the thousands of people in Richmond and around the country who participated in this effort. Every person who forwarded a link, gave a dollar, told a friend, made a poster, came to a counterprotest, discussed the protests over dinner with their kids, ALL of those people made a difference, all of those people were necessary to bring our community together in supporting each other. We're still hearing from people who felt touched by what happened here, and also people who want to know how to organize a PiP effort in their own city.
We were absolutely honored to join the celebration on Thursday, and also excited to get the chance to dress up and have a great night out! It was a close race but Kevin was the deciding vote. His party, after all.
That's Kevin on the left, in a rather natty tie. On the right is Miss Magnolia Jackson Pickett Burnside, hostess extraordinaire of Richmond Varietease, who gave us a short show (a teaser, nyuck nyuck) at the party.
I somehow missed getting a photo of Sarah, but did catch Patience and Sara before putting away my camera. Sometimes you just need to be a part of something instead of documenting it! For more peeks at the festivities, take a gander at the party photos from Jennie Araujo and Tim Wood of Pink Photography. (And it's lovely to read that my acceptance speech was "rousing"! ♥)
There were scrumptious mini cakes with the best icing ever from Two Sweet Cupcakes, and beautiful boys in Skiviez serving them. Yum. Additional pairs of Skiviez were tucked into swag bags that also contained gifts from Mongrel, Bygones, Secco Wine Bar, and Nicola Flora, who I suspect also made the beautiful corsages which we wore. Many many thanks to all!
By the way, I picked the polka dots. They were absolutely adorable, so much so that I don't care that I ended up with blisters on my littlest toes. A girl's gotta have cute feet, even, sometimes, a liberal progressive feminist kind of girl.