Saying Inclusion is political but exclusion isn’t leads to story worlds where most of us don’t exist. And if we don’t exist in fiction, our existence in the real world remains precarious.
Fearless Girl is awesome staring down Charging Bull. Fearless Girl is completely awesome on her own. Our feelings about art evolve; that is what art is.
When another group comes along and says, “your way of being should be eradicated” everyone’s alarm bells should go off. Isn’t that what conversation therapy is all about?
A profound and lyric essay by Lise MacTague that resonated with me and I think will with many of you. We know we’re the lucky ones because we’ve survived. It could be worse. But many of the things we feel “lucky” for are things no one should have to endure. THE LUCKY ONES Posted on June 15, 2016 by Lise MacTague I came out to my parents when I was twenty. My mom already knew. My father might not have been happy about it, but he faked it well enough that I didn’t find out about his discomfort until years after he died. I am one of the lucky ones. When I was seventeen, I went for a walk READ MORE OF THE ORIGINAL Please comment and like and do all that on Lise’s blog. She deserves your props. (While you’re there, check out her other blogs and her books.)
Calling out politicians and businesses who champion discrimination and spew their fancy hate is easy and necessary. But let’s have the harder conversations too.
After an encounter with a box of cereal, I am trying to be blind to all those ribbons and banners on ordinary things I buy.
My brain-churning, stomach-twisting questioning presumed that I knew all there was to know about what it’s like to be a woman in this world. And I don’t.
How would you like to walk into a bakery, clothing store or dentist, either by yourself or in front of your kids or grandparents, and have the person behind the counter take one look at you and say “We don’t serve your kind.” And it is legal to treat you that way. How would you like to pick where to eat based on the hope you won’t be publicly humiliated and shunned? How would you like to live in a world where you keep a list of businesses you can’t ever go into because that’s the law? How would you like to tell your kids “We’re not allowed in that toy store”? To the response of “That will never happen”… Then why was this law necessary if that’s not what people really want to do? To have it be legal when they decide based on how you look that they don’t want to help you? People who are for these bills don’t seem to think they will ever be the victim of them. Most, frankly, seem obsessed with the idea of getting to use the law to keep their businesses free of customers they just don’t like the look of. …
What is a “real lesbian” and who decides? Karin Kallmaker on the tightrope of being guest and host in the Big Queer Tent.
When an openly out straight woman insists Sally Ride should have stayed in the closet even after she died…
You don’t have to be a member of the community to come out. Today, you can come out as someone who believes that in life there should be NOH8.
If you’re a young femme in school and you really want the purple shoes, the fabulous purse and the supermodel hair, but the gay kids give you a hard time for not looking gay enough — that gets better too.
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