National Coming Out Day: Cheyenne Jackson, Andrew Lippa, Lea DeLaria, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Ann Hampton Callaway and More Share Stories of Pride

By Adam Hetrick
11 Oct 2013



Jonathan Tolins
Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

Jonathan Tolins, playwright of Buyer & Cellar, Twilight of the Golds, The Last Sunday in June and "Queer As Folk."

My favorite pride experience happened in 2003. My play The Last Sunday in June was running Off-Broadway and we had a float for the cast and creative team in the parade. The play, which I had written while living in the West Village, was about a group of friends watching the Gay Pride Parade out a Christopher Street window. As we rode down the street, we looked up at gatherings of friends just like the one in the play. Many of the spectators had seen the show and were waving enthusiastically at us. It was a surreal, joyous moment. Life imitating art that began as an imitation of life. We all felt a deep connection to a shared experience.

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