The Daily Life of Gay Parents Shows the Photos You Wish You Had Seen Sooner
A few months ago, photographer Annemarie Dekker contacted me to see if I wanted to tell you about her new book about gay family life. I have been super busy with covering ClexaCon and Love Fan Fest, but I am so happy that I can finally tell you all about this new book. In fact, I recorded my first unboxing video about it! Below, you can read why The Daily Life of Gay Parents makes me very happy and where you can get your copy.
The Daily Life of Gay Parents is personal to Annemarie Dekker
As she describes on her website, Annemarie Dekker asked herself what daily life is like for families with homosexual parents when her girlfriend was pregnant with their first child. So, for three years, she photographed over fifty families in all shapes and sizes: two moms, two dads, single parents, and multi-parent families. We can now watch her beautiful photos in a hardcover book.
Why The Daily Life of Gay Parents makes me happy
way to see what impact her book has on me is watching my unboxing video below.
What I can tell you, though, is that it gave me great pleasure seeing my family
life represented in a book.
The accompanying interviews, which are available in both Dutch and English, also offer me a learning experience. I started Meemoeder.com to share my experiences when my wife and I were trying to have a baby. I was looking for other people’s experience, but all I could find were webpages from the Government and lawyers. For over two years, to give back to my community, I shared everything. Our son is now three years old, and elementary school is the next step. I hope to find a few answers in the interviews regarding how older kids and parents react to same-sex families, and learn from their experiences.
Where can you get your copy?
The book is hardcover, has 128 pages, and is 30.5 x 21.5 cm landscape format. You can order the book on Annemarie’s website. The costs are €24.95 (NL), $28 (USA), or £21 (UK) plus shipping costs.
Win a free copy!
Annemarie has promised to send a copy to one lucky Instagram follower (worldwide!), so I’m hosting a giveaway on my Instagram this Wednesday (9/4/’19). Make sure to follow me to see when the giveaway starts! Of course, you can also follow Annemarie on Instagram.
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The most magical moment of Love Fan Fest 2019 for me was the interview I had with Ana Paula Lima, Luciana Bollina, and Germana Belo of RED. This is the first part of the interview. In the second part of this interview, we discussed season four and five, the shooting style of RED, and how they do not pick sides when it comes to their characters’ relationship. Or, they might. Below, the questions and answers of this RED webseries interview LFF2019 have been written down, but you can also watch the video under this image.
RED webseries interview LFF2019: season four
were still talking about season four, and I thought it was so well done. I
really felt the hurt while watching it grow apart. I had a hard time watching
that relationship coming to an end. For me, the most heartbreaking to watch was
when your character [speaking to Ana] was actually becoming more uncomfortable
with the relationship and who she was becoming, but you didn’t say anything. Those
scenes where you did not say anything, and you just watched, those are so
powerful. I was wondering, how did you prepare for those?”
Lima: “We have been doing this for such a long time, like for five years. Each
year, I get to know Liz better. I think she has changed a lot and she changed
me as well. It’s funny because it’s like I have all those feelings with me since
the first season. She is a character that struggles all the time with what her
feelings are and how she should deal with that. So yeah, I think it comes
organically because of her, you know?”
more I get to know her, and why she acts like this, it’s what feeds me to put
this feeling in the scene. I’m like: okay, she thinks like this and she thinks
like this because of this. Sometimes, I create a story for myself that Germana
didn’t give to me. What happened to her when she was a child? Who is her mom?
Who is her dad? How does she feel when she has a lot of people around her? Does
she feel awkward or not awkward, you know? This feeds me a lot.”
RED webseries interview LFF2019: finally watching season four
you both feel differently after reading the script for season four and finally
watching it on screen?”
Bollina: “It’s always a surprise because Fernando doesn’t let us see anything.
Nothing! It’s ergh. Now, we are used to it, but in the first season, I was like:
‘Why Fernando? Come on, let me see this.’ ‘No. Just when I finish it.’ So,
seven months later, we can see it. It’s a really good surprise, actually.”
we trust each other so much. That’s what is beautiful because then we can
really jump to the characters, and I think it’s amazing when I watch. Nowadays,
I don’t want to watch. I want to be surprised, and I always do this. So, that’s
what I think is amazing; we really trust each other to work like this. It’s special.”
RED webseries interview LFF2019: handheld camera
thing that makes RED unique to me is the way it is shot. You can tell it’s
often done with a handheld camera. I don’t know what the technique is. Either the
camera is really close to your face, or it’s really zoomed in. Did you have to
get used to that in the beginning? Was it awkward, or was it fine?”
“It was very funny at the beginning. Yeah. We were on the bed, and Fernando was
like here [gestures]. One foot here, one foot there and the camera like here [gestures].
Fernando was like this [imitates]. And Ana and I had to like [mimics making
out]. It was very funny.”
“We had one lens. So, to do a close-up, he [shows the camera in Luciana’s
face]. They would have to be sexy and feel so into it and Fernando, well, it
was almost like a threesome.”
“It was really, really funny. But Fernando is a very serious man. So, we would
laugh, and Fernando would be like [serious voice] ‘Okay.’ Okay, breathe,
breathe. Because I would start laughing and he would be like [serious voice
again] ‘Okay, next scene.’”
RED webseries interview LFF2019: season five
Me: “Can we
talk about season five, or is it too early?
we can talk, yeah! For me, what is special in this season is that we get to
know the characters by themselves. How is Liz just with Liz? How is Mel being Mel?
It is not about relationships just with each other. It’s the relationships they
have with themselves. What are they struggling with, and why? And that’s what
makes it special because our time to tell the story is so short that sometimes,
we miss these details. So, this season five is special to me for this. We don’t
miss this; it’s about this.”
RED webseries interview LFF2019: Victoria
next question is not a question. I’m just going to say something, and then you
can respond. It’s a name: Victoria.”
is Victoria? Tell me!”
amazing friend, co-working friend. Bela is the best, a really, really great
know, there’s always an ex. So, it’s a representative character that the past
is there and something that was special. So, I think it was a very interesting
conflict between them. But I have my opinion.”
I really don’t understand Liz. No, I get the struggle but oh my God, tell me.
All the silence is killing me, killing Mel. As an audience, I was like: ‘Oh
Liz, tell her and fix it. That’s okay. She didn’t love her.’”
Ana: “And I
was like, ‘Well if she didn’t love her, why?’ But we don’t take sides. We don’t
did you write Victoria into the story?”
“We imagined Mel’s ex in the first season, and we planned to bring her, maybe
not exactly how it turned out to be. But we decided that if we got to season
three or four, we had this background story for Mel that included an ex.”
what I think was interesting was that she didn’t come in to be between them. What
you see and the reason why they grow apart was not because of Victoria. It was
mostly because of Liz’ issues with the relationship and insecurities, and how
she could no longer recognize herself in that relationship. I think Mel didn’t give any indication that she
would be interested in anything with Victoria since the beginning. Maybe it was
a threat for Liz, but she was not introduced like that. The same way Rafaela was
not introduced as a threat to Mel. So, we have two exes, but they were not
there to be between them. What tore them apart was just what was going on in
the relationship and not people outside of it.”
more mature like that, right?”
and I think that if they get to the point where they have a mature
relationship, they would gladly accept each other’s exes, as a part of their
lives. It wouldn’t be a problem.”
RED webseries interview LFF2019: mother-daughter relationship
Me: “I think
season five has two strong concepts in it. The mother-daughter relationship, that’s
really tough. It’s always in life; it has so many dimensions. How did you
prepare for that? How did that come across for you?”
“That was really hard because that relationship is so real life. Mel just gets
insecure around her mother. In season five, you will see; it gets deeper. You
can see the love; it’s not just demanding things and ‘you don’t do this or do
this.’ It’s a real relationship. It’s my opinion that Mel really cares about
her mother and her opinion, and so she’s always like ‘Oh my God.’ So, it’s very
interesting. The mother of Mel will be deeper in season five.”
In my final question, I mention two concepts. I did not want to mention the other one because I do not want to spoil too much for people who have not watched all the episodes yet. You can watch all of RED on Vimeo. Also, you can enjoy these other videos of Love Fan Fest 2019.
Next week, I will publish the second part of the interview. There, we talk about season 4 and 5 in more detail. In the meantime, you can enjoy these other videos and blog posts about Love Fan Fest 2019.
The most magical moment of Love Fan Fest 2019 for me was the interview I had with Ana Paula Lima, Luciana Bollina, and Germana Belo of RED. In this part of the RED webseries interview, we discussed the current situation for LGBT+ people in Brazil, the beginning of RED, and the series up to season 4. Next week, the second half of the interview will come out, which will focus on season 4 and 5. Below, the questions and answers have been written down, but you can also watch the video under this image.
RED webseries interview:
guests of Love Fan Fest 2019
Me: “I was really happy to see that you were announced to Love Fan Fast
this year. How has it been so far? You have had your first morning. Have you
had nice meetings with people?”
Luciana Bollina: “Oh, such nice meetings with people and to know people from other countries. It really, really makes me very happy because I know about people’s lives. And we have a chance that people can get to know us, and our show especially, because I think the majority of the people here knows RED but not everyone. So, it’s very good to share.”
Ana Paula Lima: “Yeah, they’re really open to getting to know you. And they’re
really special in the way that you feel embraced. That’s… I don’t want to use
the word special again, but it is an amazing experience.”
Me: “Ah, that’s great. I think… What you say, people are really open to
high-quality queer shows, and your show is definitely beautiful. It’s something
The current situation for LGBTQ
people in Brazil
Me: “So, I’m not from Brazil. Can you help me understand what the current
situation is for LGBTQ people in Brazil? Because I get mixed messages. For
instance, can people walk hand in hand in the streets, or is it too dangerous?”
Germana Belo: “Yeah, it’s definitely not like a safe space or a safe place
for LGBT people because… This is what the numbers say. We are the number one
country that kills LGBT people.”
Germana: “It’s a reality, but I think it depends on the kind of circle you
live in. For me, I don’t feel that so much as an LGBT woman. I can say I kind
of live in a bubble because some people live like that. The circle of my
friends and family, they are all very accepting, but I know this is not the
reality for most people. And people get killed every day because they are trans,
gay, and lesbian. And we know that happens.”
Germana: “Fortunately, I live in one of the biggest cities in Brazil. So,
it’s easier for anyone who lives in the capital, with more open-minded people.
Even though bad things would still happen, it’s better for us. But I know it
happens. As I said, we kind of have this privilege of living in a place and
circle that is more accepting.”
Ana: “There are more people that are more open-minded.”
Germana: “Yeah, in a circle with creators and people who are open to, you
know, differences, whatever they are. But the reality of the country, in
general, is that it is not a safe place for LGBT people.”
RED webseries interview: first
lesbian webseries in Brazil
Me: “So, you are the first lesbian webseries in your country. When season
one dropped, what were the first responses that you received?”
Germana: “Because we didn’t have money for marketing, the feedback, in the
beginning, was very slow. We received great feedback, but it was a small number
of people. The way we promote our series is very organic. So, people like the
series and tell their friends to watch it. So, it demands time. By the time of
season 2, it really began to create a larger fan base. But really because we
didn’t have a way to market the series better. So, we had to wait for people to
come to us.”
Ana: “It was really positive feedback. We never received something that
wasn’t nice, you know. Everything that happened with RED happened in a really
special and positive way. Like having an experience outside Brazil. Getting nominated
in other countries like ‘oh my God, look at what they’re doing’ and we’re like
‘oh my God, yeah, we are.’ It’s amazing. I think we always manage to figure out
what’s always positive.”
Germana: “Sometimes I joke because our feedback is mostly positive. And
sometimes I joke saying: ‘Okay. When we start getting haters, it is probably
because we really made it.”
Me: “Yeah, definitely!”
Germana: “Because so far, we are in a niche. The people who come to us are the people who like it. The time we manage to reach people who wouldn’t like it, you know, it’s when you start to become mainstream. You would reach a large number of people, and some of them could not like it.
So far, mostly, our feedback is very positive. We have a lot of feedback
because it’s also part of the project. The idea of RED is interactive feedback.
We talk with our fans through our social media, through our personal social
media profiles and RED’s profiles.
So, this is also part of the project. Nothing is separating us from the
people who watch the show. We talk to
everyone. We have a lot of channels, like Instagram, Facebook, and Vimeo, so feedback comes from all over our channels. And it’s
RED webseries interview: every
Me: “RED originally started with two actors who have a relationship on-screen
and then fall in love off-screen. I think that’s basically every fan’s fantasy
here at Love Fan Fest. Some fans see a couple on-screen and then think it’s in
real life too. How many actors have told you: ‘thanks for feeding that idea.
Now I get that even more?’”
Germana: “That was not random because I am this public. I know you because
I am you. So, I know this is the general fantasy of everyone. We were thinking
about telling a love story between two women, but this could be, like, whatever.
And I thought: ‘Okay, maybe it would be interesting to have that.’ That is a
fantasy of every fan, to have two actresses who work together fall in love. So,
it was not random. Because we knew it was a fantasy.”
Me: “I thought it was pretty clever when I first saw it. Anyone in
particular you had your inspiration from?”
Germana: “No, the main premise is just this fantasy that was the inspiration: the fans’ fantasy of having two actresses together.”
RED webseries interview: ClexaCon
visit before season 4
Me: “At ClexaCon last year, you [Ana and Luciana] both said that when you
read the script for season 4, you both had moments where you were like: ‘I’m going
to call Germana and ask her if she’s sure.’ We hadn’t watched season 4 yet, and
I always wondered what the exact moments were that you were like: ‘are you
sure? Is it a good idea?”
Ana: “Season 4? Wait for season 5!”
Luciana: “Yeah, it gets worse. It’s because we are fans of the characters.”
Ana: “Yeah, we really watch our show.”
Luciana: “Yes, we watch like you. You know: ‘oh my God, what is she doing?’
Ana: “Yeah, we are the audience.”
Luciana: “I usually watch my interpretation in something, but not here. I
really enjoy the love story here. We always talk to Germana like ‘Germana,
why?! What is happening?”
Ana: “Yeah, we suffer too.”
Luciana: “Yeah, we suffer a lot.”
RED webseries interview part 2
Next week, I will publish the second part of the interview. There, we talk about season 4 and 5 in more detail. In the meantime, you can enjoy these other videos and blog posts about Love Fan Fest 2019.
June 30, 2019, marked the second and final day of the second edition of Love Fan Fest. On Love Fan Fest 2019 Sunday, I visited many panels, talked to RED for a second time, and went to the closing party. You can read all about it in this blog post, or you can watch the vlog I made of this day. This vlog has a special message from RED and the full closing party. You can find it below this image.
Love Fan Fest 2019 Sunday started with the WayHaught panel
On Love Fan
Fest Sunday, I started a bit later than on Saturday. After all, on Saturday, I had to pick up my press pass at 8 a.m. On
this day, I didn’t have anything planned until around 11 a.m. The WayHaught
panel was planned at this time, which was fun as always. Kat took her parents
with her, and I immediately noticed them on the side of the stage. They were
looking really proud and then Kat introduced them to the audience, which
obviously gave a big round of applause.
the audience had this really good idea of giving them lines from certain
scenes. The other person had to guess what the follow-up line was. It was
really funny to see how competitive Kat and Dom both were.
to look back at these Wynonna Earp panels. They had heard that they were
starting filming season four already and we had not yet. So, sometimes, with the
answers that they gave, you can tell that they were really looking for ways not
to reveal the truth.
Skam España panel
had to leave the room for the next panel. I think it was actually the first
time we completely had to clear the room. It was time for Skam España. I had
not watched that show, so I was surprised to see the incredibly long line
waiting to get back into the panel room. They obviously have a huge number of
fans. That made me realize I probably had to watch that show.
I wanted to
know a bit more about the show, so I visited the panel. Unfortunately, I could
not understand it as it was in Spanish. I did return at the end of the panel
and realized they sometimes said something in English. So, I could have stayed,
but I thought I’d be wasting my time. I still want to check out the show,
was time for the RED panel. I absolutely love listening to them. I know quite a
lot about the show as I had interviewed them the day before, but because of the
fans’ questions, I still heard some new things.
to see how incredibly grateful they were for being present at Love Fan Fest. I
truly think they deserve all the exposure and support they can get. Season 5 is
out now. If you haven’t watched the show already, please pay for a season if
you hit a paywall. It is worth every penny.
Melanie Scrofano’s panel
panel, it was time for Melanie Scrofano’s panel. She cracks me up every single
there was also one serious, special moment. It really had an impact on me when
she told everybody she had had treatment for an eating disorder. Apparently,
she has talked about it before, but I didn’t know. And the beauty of it was
that she told about it after having been asked what she was proud of. She has
obviously come to terms with it. You can tell it affected the room. She
received a big round of applause.
Love Fan Fest 2019 Sunday ended with the Hollstein panel
panel was the Hollstein panel. Natasha and Elise were happy to be on stage
again. The funny thing was that the same person who asked Kat and Dom the lines
questions asked Natasha and Elise that question.
immediately got really nervous. She said it was like her nightmare where she
was standing on stage in a play that she’d done years ago and she can’t
remember the lines. Carmilla was recorded about five years ago. She definitely
had a hard time remembering the lines, which was just hilarious to watch.
praised the person of the question. Dana, who often moderates their panels,
always has these really fun things for them to do on stage and this one
definitely had the same quality.
that I remember from this panel is that Elise asked the audience if, if they
would make another Camilla season, would we all watch it again? Would we be
interested in that? The entire room responded with a ‘yes, of course,’ which
kind of surprised both Natasha and Elise. They didn’t know that that would
still be a thing, which in turn surprised the room. She stated that she didn’t
have any information about a possible season 4, but she just wanted to know. Well,
I hope they will think about it now that they know this.
Love Fan Fest 2019 Sunday:
panel was actually the last panel of Love Fan Fest 2019 Sunday. Then, there was
a giant time block scheduled for autographs. This was the only event happening
at this particular time, so that meant that every con guest was signing and
every con visitor was waiting in line for an autograph. It was a huge queue. I
didn’t want to film it because waiting in line is no fun. I didn’t want to
while, I was called into the autograph room. I was not allowed to be there as
press; it was just for the con’s own videographers. However, I was allowed to
talk to RED for a few minutes. As a result, I was able to ask them one question:
how had they experienced the weekend of Love Fan Fest?
this footage made me happy all over again. You can watch it in the vlog I
posted online. Slowly but gradually, people were done getting their autographs.
The first post-con blues started to hit people. We realized it was time to say
goodbye to people we would not see in a while because they live in a different
country or even on a different continent
closing party! Everybody started to gather in the panel room. We had to wait a
bit. People started to throw a ball in a basketball hoop. What? Watch the vlog.
the actors came on stage together. Like last year, the final moment of Love Fan
Fest 2019 Sunday was emotional with lots of love and gratitude. We all watched a
video together about this second edition of LFF.
had a moment to say something. I don’t think anybody could have counted all the
tears that were shed. The closing party lasted about twenty minutes, so that means
there were a lot of tears, words of kindness, and rounds of applause. And with
that, the second edition of Love Fan Fest 2019 came to an end!
Love Fan Fest 2019 Sunday means final goodbyes
hungry, but I didn’t feel like leaving and saying goodbyes, so I ended up
staying until around 10 p.m. I had some really meaningful conversations and
final hugs. That was it for me too.
Yes, the upcoming
weeks, I will still have blog posts and videos about Love Fan Fest. So, stay
June 29, 2019, marked the official opening of the second edition of Love Fan Fest. On Love Fan Fest 2019 Saturday, I picked up my press pass, visited the press interview and photoshoot, interviewed RED, watched a World Cup match, and went to most of the panels. You can read all about it in this blog post, or you can watch the vlog I made of this day. You can find it below this image.
Love Fan Fest 2019 Saturday started with a press interview and photoshoot
At 8:15 am,
I was already at the location to pick up my press pass. Unlike last year,
I received it immediately. All I had to do now was wait 45 minutes for the
press interview and photoshoot to start. I walked around a bit and said hi to the
people I know.
interview was interesting because all the actors were there at the same time.
So, it’s not like you can ask every single actor a question. I decided to ask a
World Cup question because that way, every actor had a chance to respond (and I
knew Elise would).
finished my question, nobody was very actively trying to take my microphone
from me. That was odd. Usually, we’re in a room with a bunch of people who want
to ask questions. I guess most of the press members were photographers this time?
I think four-five people asked a question, so we were done rather quickly. That
meant some of us, including me, asked a second question.
followed, so I was able to make some BTS from that moment as well.
Love Fan Fest 2019 Saturday: opening
press moment, it was time for everybody to enter the main panel hall and find
their numbered seats. This is always such an energetic moment because everybody
is still fresh, excited for the day, nervous, emotional, happy to see familiar
faces, and so much more.
unique about LFF is that they have an opening and a closing of the con. They
can do this because they have a reasonable number of guests (as opposed to the
huge list of ClexaCon) and only one panel room. It’s funny because the guests never
seem to know what they are doing on stage. They receive their applause, say hi,
and then try to leave. Then, it gets a bit awkward because some of them are
told to leave, and the guests who are on the first panel are told to stay. Everybody
just laughs about it.
have loved to stay for the first panel, but I wanted to edit the press
interview and give that to my YouTube subscribers immediately. As a result, I
had to leave after the first panel. I was allowed to edit in a friend’s hotel
room, which was super nice of her.
video was converting, I went downstairs again to visit Melanie’s panel. After a
few minutes, I had to leave again to work on the video. I missed the Hollstein
panel, but after 2.5 hours, the video was available for my subscribers. If I may
believe the comments, they appreciated the gift 😉
In the hour
lunch break, I visited a street with shops nearby. The food at the location isn’t
all that, unfortunately. I enjoyed a nice lunch by myself, went back to the
location, and met up with some friends.
Love Fan Fest 2019 Saturday: afternoon program
one-hour lunch break, it was time for the LGBT Fans Deserve Better panel. They
experienced some technical difficulties, but it was fixed later on, thankfully.
At 3 pm, the World Cup match between the Netherlands and Italy started, so I
found some fellow Dutchies in the lobby to watch the match with.
To be honest,
it was a nice distraction because I was getting nervous about my interview with
RED. I absolutely love the web
series and ehm; these women are gorgeous, so yeah… My nerves were definitely
starting to kick in.
Interview with RED
As always, it
turned out I had nothing to be nervous about. We had a really good talk. I got
to ask questions about the beginning of the show, about their new season (you can now watch season 5,
which I highly recommend), and a few other things. We ended up talking for 22 whole
minutes! Wow. After the interview, I was also able to share a few personal
words of appreciation. All in all, this was the most magical moment of LFF2019
I will divide
the interview into two parts and upload these two videos in a few weeks. Subscribe to my channel to watch
them the moment they come out!
I visited their panel too.
Love Fan Fest 2019 Saturday: Word Cup and panels
panel, I ran to the lobby to watch the final minutes of the match and cheer
with the other Dutchies after our victory. After that, I ran back to the panel
room to catch a few minutes of the panel with Rhiannon, Ivana, and Isabella.
You know you will have fun when Isabella is on a panel, and indeed, she made
the room laugh quite a few times.
ended with the Wayhaught panel, which drew a big crowd. After that, I didn’t really
know what to do. All the guests were signing autographs, so I chatted with some
people. I ended up watching the second World Cup match of the day as well. It
was just fun to hang around in the lobby with all the people you hardly ever
get to see in real life.
Some tapas near
my pension were calling my name, so I had to give in and eat. I was quite
relaxed because the next day would start much later for me. Watching the
footage I shot that day made me so incredibly happy!
June 28, I flew to Barcelona to visit the second edition of Love Fan Fest. I still had warm feelings from last year, even though I encountered some problems in the beginning. In this blog post, I will tell you all about how Love Fan Fest 2019 Friday turned into Barcelona Pride 2019 Friday.
You can also watch the video I made, which you can find below this image. At the end of this blog post, you will find the other LFF videos that I have uploaded so far. The final one, a special one, will be live at 8 pm Amsterdam time (30 minutes after posting this blog post!).
Starting Love Fan Fest 2019 Friday with delays
At Schiphol Airport, I found out that my flight was delayed. The screen said it was fifteen minutes, so I was not too bummed out. After all, the delay of Las Vegas was four hours and entailed much insecurity.
steadily, the delay increased. At one point, the entire plane had boarded, and
the pilot announced that, despite announcing earlier that we would be leaving
in ten minutes, we would have to wait for another forty minutes. Nooo!
the decision was overturned, and we left ten minutes later. The delay ended up
being one hour, even though the flight takes a little over two hours. I guess I
have to get used to delays on con trips.
Arriving in Barcelona
3:30 pm, I finally arrived. It was HOT! I decided to take the bus to my
pension. At the bus stop, someone recognized me and started talking to me. It
immediately got me in a good Love Fan Fest mood! I mean, traveling to a con by
yourself is always a bit scary, so the possibility of a few familiar faces is
Love Fan Fest 2019 Friday
turned into Barcelona Pride 2019 Friday
to explore a small part of Barcelona and to get off the bus at Plaça d’Espanya.
I knew I had little time and that this area was a good spot to walk around a
Guess where I ended up? BARCELONA PRIDE! A few weeks before this visit, I did see there would be a parade on Saturday, but I hadn’t given it much thought because of LFF. I guess Love Fan Fest Friday turned into Barcelona Pride Friday 😉
parched so I needed to get some water before joining the festivities. It was
actually still quiet. No wonder, with this heat! I guess people were still working
too. But it was nice to walk around. It’s always fun to discover the vibe of
another country’s pride. I loved that they had a whole section in the general
festivities area where LGBT+ organizations had room to present themselves. Information
is priceless, after all!
Love Fan Fest 2019 Friday
ended with preparations
I could not
stay until late in the evening because I still had to eat and prepare for my
interviews. Also, I had to be at Love Fan Fest at 8 am already. For everyone else,
Love Fan Fest 2019 Friday consisted of picking up the badges and extra’s and meeting
each other already. That was not an option for people with press passes,
unfortunately. So, no time for partying at Barcelona Pride, alas!
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