Marge Ballack – Spokane in Perspective

“There were so many out people.”

[Spokane] is my home. I came over to go to college [at Eastern Washington University] and I fell in love with the place. I met so many out gay people that there was no way I was going to go back. [Laughs.] There were girls that were tomboys or whatever. We hung out together because we dressed alike. You know, jeans and a t-shirt. But I have to tell you there were a lot of them. A lot of them. I knew I wasn’t the only one, so there you have it. I was just so infatuated with the fact that there were so many out people over here.

We’ve been to the Seattle [Pride] parades where there were 80,000 people. Man, it was great to see that many gay people there! But there were so many things that we didn’t think were appropriate for children to see. The thing that we love about our little, tiny parade is that kids are involved. It’s a family event. That’s a huge thing.

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Source: Interview with Maureen Nickerson in December 2006, held at the Northwest Museum for Arts and Culture.