October 11th, 2007 | Strip Archive
[Time for another archive episode. As I announced in May, I’m cutting back to one new episode per month for a while, and in between I’m running strips from 1987.]
It was twenty years ago today… has mass protest gone the way of HoJo’s?
Happy Coming Out Day. Did you know that this institution began at the Second National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights on October 11, 1987? I didn’t. Or perhaps I did, and forgot, but Wikipedia just reminded me. Anyhow, this archive episode is about that very march. And for your historical edification, here’s a bonus archival photo of me at the actual live-action, non-cartoon march.
I was marching in solidarity with the Gigantic Eyeglasses Contingent. Wait, now I’m getting all nostalgic…I actually marched with the Minnesota contingent because that’s where I was living at the time, and we were singing the Mary Tyler Moore theme song, which seemed suddenly to reveal a profound revolutionary subtext. “Love is all around, no need to waste it…You can have a town, why don’t you take it…” A guy tossed his hat up in the air like Mary does as she runs across the street…wait, did he actually have a tam o’shanter like she wore? Was he in full Mary drag?! Oh, man, this is how the historic record gets corrupted. People’s faulty memories combined with the tendency to embellish things in order to make a better story. All I know is, someone threw something up into the air at right moment in the song, and a spontaneous and transcendent ripple of joy united us all for a moment. It was much more moving than chanting any slogan ever was–chanting always makes me feel foolish, but at the same time I feel guilty about feeling foolish, which is compounded by a feeling of foolishness about feeling guilty about feeling foolish, by which point the possibility of experiencing a sense of solidarity with anyone has long since passed.
For those of you complaining about Clarice’s hairstyle, I think it was out of date even in 1987.