Pride in Pictures: My first glitter beard

Connie Smudge and Randall MacDonald celebrate Pride in Vancouver.
Connie Smudge and Randall MacDonald celebrate Pride in Vancouver. Photo: Darcy Kaser

For our second annual Pride in Pictures, LGBTQ Nation asked readers to submit a meaningful photo of themselves at Pride.

We have absolutely loved seeing your joy, your glitter, your fabulous outfits, and of course, your pride. Now, we’re spending the summer sharing some of our favorite photos and stories with all of you.

Related: Pride in Pictures 1990s: The fire and fury of AIDS, DOMA, and Don’t Ask Don’t Tell


Randall MacDonald


Vancouver, 2018

What makes this photo special to you?

I took this picture with Chris Bolton, also known as Connie Smudge. She is such a huge figure in the gay community in Vancouver and such a bundle of positive energy. It was also the first time I had done a Pride flag glitter beard. Everyone just loved the beard and I was so happy to be able to grab a minute with The Smudge in between her MC’ing duties at the Pride Parade. Pride is such a great time to celebrate us, be around our people, and acknowledge gay culture!

Darcy Kaser
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