When I moved from Manhattan to Washington I bought a bicycle. I have taken good care of it (and probably have not ridden it enough) so it's in good shape. I recently took it out for a ride and when I came home I put it in the corner of my living room (This is what people do in one-bedroom apartments in the city).
When I bought the bike, I put a rainbow sticker on the crossbar under the seat. In the mid 90's it seemed almost a requirement to put a rainbow sticker on moving vehicles. Car bumpers, bicycles, rollerblades... wherever you turned there was a rainbow flag basically saying "I'm gay."
So, as soon as I bought a car in DC I put a rainbow sticker on it, too. I wouldn't be seen driving around town without it. Could one really be an activist without one?
Fast forward to 2011. I took my bicycle out of the closet (so to speak) and set it up for a ride. I looked at the bike and something seemed almost wrong. The bike frame is black and just one thing stood out on the frame: the rainbow sticker on the crossbar. Today, the sticker almost seems out of place, serving the role of announcing "I'm gay" to every person I encounter.