I sauntered in a black halter and purple peek toe stilettos, my summatime (sic) shoes. I walked over to the bar, ordered a complimentary specialty cocktail, aptly named “Love,” and sipped for just a few moments before I was joined by a gentleman dressed in red. A red tie that is, one of two colors deemed acceptable for a man who wishes to be taken seriously.
“So are you here for love or are you here for politics?” was his opener.
Considering the name of the annual event was “Love + Politics”, a reception that considered the impact of HIV on our communities, and aimed to honor activists making strides in raising awareness about the disease, I thought his line was clever.
“I’m here for the fancy cocktails.”