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Very exciting time of year in Monmouth County for Jazz/Blues enthusiasts and Gays alike!

Friday kicks off the 22nd Annual Red Bank Jazz & Blues Festival at Marine Park. While I dig the music, I go more for the BBQ! Some of the best BBQ in NJ is to be had there for sure. I’m hoping to swing by on Friday night. Who’s game?

Sunday marks the 17th Annual Jersey Pride Celebration. As always there will be a parade, live entertainment, and, you guessed it, BBQ!!!!!! I look forward to “coming out” to support my gays! Who’s coming?

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I realized something last night while at the Erasure show @ The Count Basie

I NEED A GAY!

There I was surrounded by hundreds of gay men. My inner fag hag was beaming inside! Some guys near where I was sitting struck up conversation with me, and it was so easy to talk to them. Even though we had just met for the first time, it was like we had known each other forever! I love that about gay men, they are just so friendly and love to chat! Unfortunately these guys were from NYC.

So it hit me like a brick: I need a local gay best friend! No matter where I have lived throughout my life, I have always had a close male friend who happened to be gay. Some of the best times of my life we spent in the company of my gay friends. I don’t have many friends around here, let alone gay friends! It’s a no brainer: I need to find a local gay BFF!

Where does one find a gay? Do I put an ad in one of the local papers? Entitle it “hag seeking fag”? I know Asbury has a few gay clubs, but I never go. Believe it or not, I don’t like going clubbing all the time. I like to do simple stuff, too. Earlier this summer, I attended the Asbury Park Pride Fest, but with such a big event it’s hard to really find a connection with someone.

Next month I’ll be spinning music between acts at the 6th Annual Trenton Capital Rainbowfest. Maybe I’ll find my gay there?

If you’re reading this and you’re gay or you know a gay man who is looking for a “fag hag”, let’s talk! 🙂

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I love Pride Fests. I’ve been to Pride events up and down the east coast… Philly (of course), NYC, Washington DC, Richmond (VA), Binghamton (NY), to name a few. They are always great events. This was my first the Asbury Park Pride fest, though. They really put a lot of effort into it. There was lots to see and do. And of course there was plenty of food and drink to choose from. I had a sausage sandwich, fresh squeezed lemonade, and some zeppoles!!! Yummies.

My pal Mihrimah brought her 7 year old daughter, which I thought was great! There were actually a lot of kids there. Teaching children tolerance early is KEY, in my humble opinion!  They had amusements for the kids: a giant blow up caterpillar to crawl through, a climbing thing, and a big slide.

At one point, Mihrimah and I were approached by a reporter for the Asbury Park Press. He asked us if we’d like to be interviewed. We were like “Totally!” We explained that we were in straight relationships, but are staunch advocates of gay rights and were proud to be there to show our support. Look out for our quotes in tomorrow’s paper. 🙂

Unfortunately, around 2pm it started to mist. By 3pm, it was starting to rain heavily. So I decided to leave. I’m bummed I will miss Debbie (I mean Deborah) Gibson, though. Haha.

Click on the Jim “I’m a Gay American” McGreevey doll below to see the few pictures I took. Enjoy!
Asbury Park NJ Pride Fest Pictures

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