Yesterday San Diego held the annual Gay Pride Parade and my employer, San Diego Hospice and Palliative Care sponsored a float. I’ve attended the parade before but this year I decided to march. I got my SDHPC polo shirt, my “straight but not narrow” pin, and lots of sunscreen and joined about 20 of my co-workers. The float was mostly a pickup truck driven by my friend and co-worker Allex Turner. We inflated dozens of helium balloons and tied them to the truck. We also had a large sign that I helped carry ahead of the truck. It was wonderful. All along the parade rout we were cheered by people who know our work. In addition to hospice we also do AIDS Case Management and reach out to people who are living with AIDS. That has been well received in the gay community and it was nice to be part of it. I promised that I will walk again next year and I pray I’ll be able to keep that promise.