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  • After watching the Long Beach Gay and Lesbian Pride Parade I went into the festival enjoying the entertainment (both official and naturally found in people watching) and looking at assorted "queer" spun merchandise (Gay underwear! Lesbian T-shirts! Bisexual patio furniture!).

    After a few hours of this, I met up with some friends for dinner. We were cutting through a parking lot to go to a nearby restaurant when one of our party realized that the car we were walking past was “Filled with naked men!”

    A slight exaggeration. While admittedly showing a heck of a lot of skin, the four guys in the car were not actually naked as they were all wearing little shorty shorts.

    Oddly enough (or not), I recognized them. I’d seen them earlier in the day, gogo-boys on stage at one of the dance tents, doing twisty bends past the stage barrier to let people tip them. The boys, skinny young Latino guys, were now apparently taking a break in the car (which was turned on, presumably to run the air conditioning on a hot spring day); two zonked out, the third looking bored, and the forth, busy ignoring the people walking past the car in favor of counting a wad of bills.

    I guess when your work involves being being largely undressed, managing tip money is a much higher priority than noticing you’ve just startled people with your bare flesh.
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