That wasn’t the case in my hometown back in late aughts, and yet, my very first tote bag is from that time and place. As with many things i own, there is a story behind it. Back in the student years I met a wonderful person who helped me see life from a new angle. In 2008 they were part of making a short lgbt-themed film, which was part of the Side by Side film festival in Saint Petersburg. I was just an adjacent cheerleader for the project, but they still brought me the tote bag from the festival as a souvenir.
The bag is in a great shape, and serves me well to this day.