“I can’t say I’m proud of everywhere I’ve ever been… or anyone I’ve ever done, “Febos continued, the "anyone" another sly punchline, “but I don’t have a lot of shame about it.” In celebration of Pride Week, Febos was moderating a reading featuring fellow queer writers—Katrina Del Mar, Kelli Dunham, Pamela Sneed, Rachel M. Simon, Ariel Levy, Shelly Oria and Laurie Weeks.
These days it's a competitive thing, to bring your product to this event. Crain’s reported earlier this month that corporate spending on the event increased 300 percent over last year, much of it from companies that had never before participated, from AOL to Ford to Petco to Puma. Not only do these companies and their employees get to march, but they get coveted spots at PrideFest, the marketing festival that caps off the march, and special tailor-made incentives (Petco, for example, sponsored PetPride, in which gay-owned animals were judged by Michael Musto).(3)