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Sparkle ([personal profile] myownface) wrote in [community profile] fandomtownies2017-07-08 05:54 am

Fandom Pride Parade: Saturday Afternoon

The day started with a rainbow. Not that there had been any rain last night, really. The island, noticing the handwavy posters up around town, had figured it wanted to contribute to the spirit of the whole thing, and slapping a big, bright rainbow into the sky had seemed like the obvious way to do it. By around noon, it was clear that the rainbow was going to be sticking around, too, less a meteorological phenominon and more a banner painted across the sky. Down below, little flowers had popped up overnight in bright colours, some mimicking the rainbow up above, some in other configurations; pink-purple-blue, blue-pink-white-pink-blue, black-grey-white-purple, yellow-white-purple-black, and so on. The flowers, fortunately, were there to be pretty, with no other weird effects on the island's populace.

Though, really, if presenting a bouquet of them to one's favourite person ended well for somebody, the island wasn't going to complain, either.

The parade itself was to start on the Causeway, a good gathering point for Fandomites in the past, and a fairly central location on the island. From there it would follow Griffin Lane to Galactica Drive, Serendipity Place, Godiva Street, back onto Serendipity and following it until it turned into Loon and Loon turned into Chimera. Then one final turn onto Apocalypse before ending up at the Park, where people were welcome to sit and mingle to their hearts' content.

The weather was nice, making liars out of the meteorologists in favour of shunting clouds aside for sunshine and a pleasant breeze. A perfect day for a parade!

[OOC: Open! Welcome to Fandom Pride!]
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[personal profile] furnaceface 2017-07-08 10:02 am (UTC)(link)
Jono had to admit, he kind of had to appreciate this particular way of being defiant in the face of adversity. A lot.

More than Xavier's way, anyway, or Scott's after him. Not that he figured a 'mutant pride' event would end in anything shy of a few completely destroyed city streets and a mass funeral. But then, the movement for equal rights for the LGBT+ community hadn't exactly been without its own share of conflict. And they didn't exactly have a reputation for dressing children in costumes and encouraging them to blow things up and punch people...

He was going to be pondering that all along the parade route, really, his pansexual pride flag-cape fluttering in the breeze.
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[personal profile] tigerundercover 2017-07-08 07:16 pm (UTC)(link)
A large black bird buzzed Jono's head towards the end of the parade, then shifted mid-air into his truant, blue employee, landing lightly at his side.

"I like your cape," Raven said. It matched her friendship bracelet.
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[personal profile] furnaceface 2017-07-08 08:34 pm (UTC)(link)
//Only cape you'll ever see me wearing,// Jono replied, reaching up one hand to fix his hair. //Wasn't sure if I should go this or bi, but there was a nice evening with an Asari, once...//

She probably didn't need to know this.

//Ah. How're you doing today, luv?//
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[personal profile] tigerundercover 2017-07-08 08:48 pm (UTC)(link)
Raven shrugged. "I'm still here." She looked down to her bracelet, then back at Jono. "What's the difference? Between bi and pan?"
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[personal profile] furnaceface 2017-07-08 08:53 pm (UTC)(link)
//Pan includes every possible gender identity,// Jono replied, shrugging. //Where bi suggests two, though I think it's mostly a matter of semantics, these days. Plenty of people who also have an interest in people outside the gender binary still use 'bi.' It's the word they're more familiar with.//

He'd done a lot of googling.
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[personal profile] tigerundercover 2017-07-08 09:28 pm (UTC)(link)
Raven nodded slowly, thinking about Misfit and picking at the bracelet on her wrist. "I think I definitely like 'pan' better. Though ... I know why all this is a big deal, but -- I don't think I really get it."
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[personal profile] furnaceface 2017-07-08 09:32 pm (UTC)(link)
//No? Is there something about it that confuses you?//

Jono was curious, mostly. There was no real judgment in his voice.
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[personal profile] tigerundercover 2017-07-08 09:46 pm (UTC)(link)
"I understand everything fine," Raven said, shaking her head. "And I like it, in my head, you know. I really do. I just -- I don't know if it's skipping 60 really formative years of the culture, or spending all that time in a world where nobody cared about anything except survival but --" She thumped her fist against her chest. "I'm not getting it."
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[personal profile] furnaceface 2017-07-08 10:53 pm (UTC)(link)

Jono's eyebrows raised in a way that might have included an O-shape with his mouth, if he had the ability. He nodded a little.

//There are a lot of things to work through,// he offered. //I spent the week telling myself that I have a right to be here. Always kind of paid more attention to the mutant thing.//

It was harder to ignore.

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[personal profile] tigerundercover 2017-07-08 10:57 pm (UTC)(link)
"Exactly!" Raven was so glad she and Jono were friends. "I know that one's not more important and better or worse than the other, but liking more than just guys never felt like that big a thing, next to being blue."
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[personal profile] furnaceface 2017-07-08 11:05 pm (UTC)(link)
//Spent a lot more time being spat at because of the fire,// Jono agreed. //First time anybody threw a homophobic slur at me, it was almost quaint. I was actually sort of surprised by it. Still bigots, it's just a different flavour of bigotry.//
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[personal profile] tigerundercover 2017-07-08 11:11 pm (UTC)(link)
"I actually haven't dealt with any of that, yet," Raven admitted. "No one ever blinks at it here, and -- yeah, in Kathy's world everyone was a little too busy to worry about it. Though I think Misfit still had to deal with some. Mostly we just avoided people.

"What made you decide to march? If you weren't sure it was for you?"
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[personal profile] furnaceface 2017-07-08 11:21 pm (UTC)(link)
Jono shrugged his shoulders a little.

//Was talking at Dante a few weeks back,// he replied. //He and I had both attended Pride in Baltimore, and I mentioned being surprised that there isn't something like that here, all things considered. Kind of wound up putting the event together, so... figured I ought to march in it.//
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[personal profile] tigerundercover 2017-07-08 11:22 pm (UTC)(link)
"Looks like plenty of people are excited about it," Raven observed. "So . . . good job."
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[personal profile] furnaceface 2017-07-08 11:26 pm (UTC)(link)
Jono scratched at the back of his neck awkwardly.

//Thanks,// he replied. //I still keep getting this weird feeling like I'm an impostor, though.//

He had a husband. He probably qualified.
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[personal profile] tigerundercover 2017-07-08 11:28 pm (UTC)(link)
"You're married to a man," Raven pointed out. "I mean, I get it, but that's pretty hard to dispute."
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[personal profile] furnaceface 2017-07-08 11:32 pm (UTC)(link)
//Never did say it made sense,// Jono pointed out. //Just said it felt that way.//

Now he felt kind of silly about it.

//Hell, I feel that way around mutants sometimes, too.//
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[personal profile] tigerundercover 2017-07-08 11:34 pm (UTC)(link)
That surprised Raven. "You don't feel like you fit into a mutant community? Even the ones who aren't superheroes?"
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[personal profile] furnaceface 2017-07-08 11:40 pm (UTC)(link)
//Not even a little bit,// Jono replied. //Went to one of Xavier's fancy schools for mutant kids once. Was pretty much the resident freak among freaks the entire time. Hard to feel like I belong around that.//

Not to mention how he'd been treated as an actual X-Man.
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[personal profile] tigerundercover 2017-07-08 11:46 pm (UTC)(link)
Something deep inside Raven sank like a stone. "But . . . they're supposed to be your people. Our people."

She'd never spent any real time around groups of other mutants. There'd always just been Charles, and then Kathy and Jono and a few other people here. The supers in Kathy's LA didn't really count -- they'd all been in crisis mode since before she even got there.
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[personal profile] furnaceface 2017-07-08 11:56 pm (UTC)(link)
//People are going to be people, no matter what's in their DNA,// Jono said, his tone softening a little. //Being our people doesn't change that they came from human roots, luv. We all did, if you look back far enough.//
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[personal profile] tigerundercover 2017-07-09 12:02 am (UTC)(link)
"I really wish that didn't mean that they end up being dicks," Raven said. "Is it -- you don't have to answer if you don't want, but is it because of the fire? Even when Charles and I got along, there was always part of me that couldn't help thinking that he didn't have to try to blend in."
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[personal profile] furnaceface 2017-07-09 12:10 am (UTC)(link)
Jono hesitated for a moment. And then he nodded.

//There were comments on occasion about whether there's enough of me left to have feelings to hurt. And that was just among the other students.//
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[personal profile] tigerundercover 2017-07-09 12:16 am (UTC)(link)
Raven hissed through her teeth sympathetically. "I think that's part of what I don't really get about this whole thing," she said. "The gatekeeping."

Someone spent her downtime on Tumblr, yes.
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[personal profile] furnaceface 2017-07-09 12:28 am (UTC)(link)
//Some people need to feel better than somebody else or they don't see any point, I guess,// Jono muttered. //It's maddening. Especially when you'd think they already know better.//

Didn't seem to keep it from happening, though.

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