Recently, Amber Hikes, director of Philadelphia's Office of LGBT Affairs, approved a motion adding two more stripes, black and brown, to the current 6-tone rainbow flag, as a part of the city's More Color More Pride initiative, an initiative that "strives to create an even more inclusive community", while also seeking to "celebrate the stories of those who have been typically left out of the LGBTQ experience, including people of color and people of the transgender/gender nonconforming experience".
While I valued and appreciated the time I got to spend with my traveling companions, I also appreciated the chance to explore and enjoy the city on my own, at my own pace, with less of an agenda. I was able to meet up with some non-school friends who happened to be in the city at the same time. I went to bistros, relishing the solitude of a stroll along the Via del Corzo. I made new friends, one of whom I spent several evenings with eating pizza by the Pantheon before bingeing on gelato in Piazza Navona.
For some people, many in fact, bondage, domination, and sadomasochism can be healthy parts of one's sex life. For many, it can actually be vital in developing insight into one's own character and building self-esteem. Granted, here I am saying this, a man whose own sex practices would make french vanilla ice cream look kinky. Still, we live in an age where people become sexually active at a younger age, where sex education is seemingly no longer the responsibility of one's parents, and where fidelity in relationship does not necessarily mandate sexual monogamy.