As Burning Bush readers already know, the average resident of the neighborhood is rarely even capable of navigating their way anywhere outside of the borough–especially Manhattan, ultimate source of ick factor.
Thus, the fact that the NYC Pride Parade takes place in the West Village is utterly anathema to most gay and lesbian Bushwickians who not only find it a challenge to finagle a gay bar in Bushwick, but also one to deal with the notion of going to an event just for the sake of their sexual orientation. “I don’t feel I should have to be somewhere just because there are other gay people there,” balked Sarah Balk, a 34-year-old who occasionally “does work” for Rafael Fuchs.
Gary Ommo, a 27-year-old who also lives in Bushwick, added, “I gave up on doing ‘the gay thing’ when Tandem closed. It’s easier to be straight in Bushwick to be honest. And I’m not going to embrace my sexuality if it means commuting.” Bottom (or top) line? If Bushwick wants to get a little gayer, it’s going to need to have a pride parade of its own.
Written by Genna Rivieccio