A Day in Gay America, 2010, Part 2

By Advocate Contributors

Originally published on Advocate.com July 19 2010 5:00 AM ET

What does it look like to be gay in America in 2010? There are some people who insist that if you don’t look like a stereotype, you’re just not doing it right. But the truth is that our gay lives are simultaneously as mundane as those of our heterosexual peers and more wildly varied than even we acknowledge at times. This documentary project, for which we asked our readers to submit photos of their own lives on one single day — May 21, 2010 — is the first of its kind for The Advocate. And the results speak beautifully for themselves. Each picture serves as a reminder — to ourselves and to others — that we are undeniable, we are unique, and that no one has the right to tell us who we should love or how we should express ourselves.

Click here to look at Part 1 of A Day in Gay America.

ADIGA 02 0932AM, SAN FRANCISCO, CA:  PATRICK SANTANA READING IN DELORES PARK XSLIDE | ADVOCATE.COM

 9:32 a.m., San Francisco: Patrick Santana reads in Dolores Park.

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ADIGA 02 1100AM, PORTLAND, ME: STAFF OF FRANNIE PEABODY CENTER PREPARING FOR MAINE AIDS WALK XSLIDE | ADVOCATE.COM

11 a.m., Portland, Maine: Staff of Frannie Peabody Center prepare for Maine AIDS Walk. 

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ADIGA 02 0300PM, PACIFIC PALISADES, CA:  MICHAEL BOWEN AND HIS PARTNER GARY LANE WITH MICHAEL’S MOM DEBORAH VISITING FROM OHIO AT SHRINE LAKE XSLIDE | ADVOCATE.COM

3 p.m., Pacific Palisades, Calif.: Michael Bowen and partner Gary Lane with Michael’s mom, Deborah, visiting from Ohio and Shrine Lake. 

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ADIGA 02 0323PM,  PROVINCETOWN, MA: FEI MOK AND FRIEND ON A WEEKEND TRIP XSLIDE | ADVOCATE.COM

3:23 p.m., Provincetown, Mass.: Fei Mok and friend on a weekend trip. 

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ADIGA 02 0330PM, HUNLOCK, PA:  RYAN WAGNER MEDITATING IN THE WOODS NEAR HIS HOME XSLIDE | ADVOCATE.COM

3:30 p.m., Hunlock, Pa.: Ryan Wagner meditates in the woods near his home. 

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ADIGA 02 0430PM, EPCOT THEME PARK ORLANDO, FL:  TIMOTHY METZNER MEETING BELLE AT THE FRANCE PAVILLION XSLIDE | ADVOCATE.COM

4:30 p.m., Epcot Theme Park, Orlando, Fla.: Timothy Metzner meets Belle at the France Pavilion. 

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ADIGA 02 0600PM, OCEAN CITY, MD:  TJ SANDERS AND TREVOR HEDRICK ENJOYING THE SUNSET AT THE BEACH WHILE ON VACATION XSLIDE | ADVOCATE.COM

6 p.m., Ocean City, Md.: TJ Sanders and Trevor Hedrick enjoy the sunset at the beach while on vacation. 

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ADIGA 02 0615PM, HIGHSTOWN, NJ: MIKE HAMMEL AND HIS BOYFRIEND GEOFF  XSLIDE | ADVOCATE.COM

6:15 p.m., Highstown, N.J.: Mike Hamel and boyfriend Geoff Wertime pause for a photo before Hammel makes his trip back to Fishkill, N.Y. 

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ADIGA 02 0630PM, NEW YORK CITY, NY: THE EMBRACE FAMILY PICNIC XSLIDE | ADVOCATE.COM

6:30 p.m., New York City: The Embrace team enjoys a lovely day in Central Park. 

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ADIGA 02 0630PM_2, CHICAGO, IL: VERNITA GRAY AND PAT EWERT XSLIDE | ADVOCATE.COM

6:30 p.m., Chicago: Vernita Gray and Pat Ewart enjoy Starbucks in Boystown. 

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ADIGA 02 0730PM, NORFOLK, VA: ANN WILKINSON AND FRIEND XSLIDE | ADVOCATE.COM

7:30 p.m., Norfolk, Va.: Ann Wilkinson and friend enjoy a night on the town. 

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ADIGA 02 0807PM, OMAHA, NE: NATHANIEL POOLE XSLIDE | ADVOCATE.COM

8:07 p.m., Omaha: Nathaniel Poole gives a model pose with a martini at downtown’s Blue Sushi. 

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ADIGA 02 0855PM, MOSES LAKE, WA: MANUEL VENEGAS AND HIS FRIEND AJA XSLIDE | ADVOCATE.COM

8:55 p.m., Moses Lake, Wash.: Manuel Venegas and friend Aja after the Mr. Moses Lake pageant. 

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ADIGA 02 0900PM, ANCHORAGE, AK: THE CAST AND CREW OF MAD MYRNA’S FRIDAY NITE DIVAS SHOW ALONG WITH HOST DAPHNE & PAIGE (CENTER) XSLIDE | ADVOCATE.COM

9 p.m., Anchorage, Alaska: The cast and crew of Mad Myrna’s Friday Night Divas Show along with hosts Daphne and Paige (center).

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ADIGA 02 0900PM_2, INDIANAPOLIS, IN: JOEY WOHLHIETER III (CENTER WITH PURPLE TIE)  WITH  FAMILY AND FRIENDS XSLIDE | ADVOCATE.COM

9 p.m., Indianapolis: Joey Wohlhieter III (center with purple tie) celebrates his 27th birthday with family and friends. 

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ADIGA 02 0915PM, HUNTSVILLE, ALABAMA: STERLING FIERING AND PARTNER ENJOY A BIRTHDAY DINNER WITH FRIENDS XSLIDE | ADVOCATE.COM

9:15 p.m., Huntsville, Ala.: Sterling Fiering and his partner enjoy a birthday dinner with friends. 

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ADIGA 02 1130PM, LOS ANGELES, CA: RAFAEL SANCHEZ AND BOYFRIEND MAC  XSLIDE | ADVOCATE.COM

11:30 p.m., Los Angeles: Rafael Sanchez and boyfriend Mac enjoy a night out at MJ’s in Silver Lake. 

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ADIGA 02 1132PM, WASHINGTON, DC: TYRONE FORD AND PARTNER MATT CONN XSLIDE | ADVOCATE.COM

11:32 p.m., Washington, D.C.: Tyrone Ford and partner Matt Conn with RuPaul’s Drag Race season 2 contestant Pandora Boxx at EFN Lounge.