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Next week, the eyes of the world turn to Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection. Philadelphia makes world history (again) as we host the 2016 Democratic National Convention. It was in Philadelphia in 1776 that our founding fathers proclaimed that “All men are created equal.” Now, 240 years later, the first woman will accept the Democratic Party’s nomination for president of the United States. Do you want to miss this?

I had an encounter with the police a few weeks ago. I am an avid cyclist, and had a flat while on a ride, about 15 miles from home. I was struggling to change my tire when a local officer drove by, stopped to see if I needed help and offered to drive me to my house. I took her up on it, not wanting to spend any more time baking in the hot sun. My bike went into the back seat, I sat in the front and we chatted about the weather during the drive.

What do you want your retirement to look like? For most, the answers to this question follow similar themes. We want time to relax and enjoy leisure activities. We want the opportunity to vacation in our favorite destinations and travel to new places around the globe. We want to cherish the time spent with family, friends and loved ones.

Silent vigils were worldwide for Orlando these past few weeks. I’m still devastated and have gone to several of the Gayborhood events raising money for the victims and their families. Philadelphia is bleeding hard and it’s encouraging to see how our community has responded in light of such devastating gore.

The Ohio River is a key component to not only current livability, but it was crucial to the establishment of Louisville. The city was founded by George Rogers Clark, fellow explorer of Meriwether Lewis and, in fact, Clark is buried in Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville (as is Colonel Harland Sanders).

According to Orbitz, Louisville, Ky., is one of the top-five hottest LGBT travel destinations in the world this year. The reasons and many and worthy, but they might not all be the ones you think of first.

(There’s never enough time on a first visit to a city to see everything. One place we sadly decided to wait for a second-trip visit is the Muhammad Ali Center (alicenter.org/). We had just been back one week when The Greatest passed on to the next level. Champ, we will return and honor you properly soon.)

I wrote this column just before the shooting in Orlando. To rewrite it before my deadline would be to find words for something I do not yet have words for. I hope that my reflections on Pride nevertheless help give us strength as a community during one of our most difficult times.

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