The world can be an awful place. Being an activist in the trenches can really wear you down. That’s why I feel it’s so important for us to revel in our victories, however small they may be! Here are some happy endings.
Their signs read, “I was a bible banging homo-phobe. Sorry”, “I’m sorry that Christians judge you,” and they all wore shirts with “sorry” written on them. They wanted to be an alternative to anti-gay protestors.
My favorite (encounter) was a gentleman who was dancing on a float. He was dressed solely in white underwear. He noticed us and jokingly yelled, “What are you sorry for? It’s pride!” I pointed to our signs and watched him read them.
Then it clicked.
Then he got it.
He stopped dancing. He looked at all of us standing there. A look of utter seriousness came across his face. And as the float passed us he jumped off of it and ran towards us. He hugged me and whispered, “thank you.”
Acceptance is one thing. Reconciliation is another. Sure at Pride, everyone is accepted (except perhaps the protestors). There are churches that say they accept all. There are business that say they accept everyone. But acceptance isn’t enough. Reconciliation is.
But there isn’t always reconciliation. And when there isn’t reconciliation, there isn’t full acceptance. Reconciliation is more painful; it’s more difficult. Reconciliation forces one to remember the wrongs committed and relive constant pain. Yet it’s more powerful and transformational because two parties …that have every right to hate one another come together for the good of one another, for forgiveness, reconciliation, unity.
What I saw and experienced at Pride was the beginning of reconciliation. It was in the shocked faces of gay men and women who did not ever think Christians would apologize to them.
What I saw and experienced at Pride was the personification of reconciliation. It was in the hugs and kisses I received, in the “thank you’s” and waves, in the smiles and kisses blown.
I hugged a man in his underwear. I hugged him tightly. And I am proud.
“For all time, since what they call the ‘dawn of man’, the history of the human family has been written by one member of that family, and it was not Mom,” Streep said.
The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee passed the National Women’s History Museum Act of 2011 (S. 680) out of the committee in May. For more info, check out the press release here.]”
“Society expects girls to be girlie, nice and pretty and boys to be manly, rough and outgoing,” teacher Jenny Johnsson told the AP. “Egalia gives them a fantastic opportunity to be whoever they want to be.”
CNN reports that the Egalia preschool in Stockholm will eliminate gender specific pronouns, and refer to the children present as “friends” rather than “boys” or “girls.” Also on the chopping block? Fairy tales that further gender stereotypes, to be replaced with tales of families featuring gay and lesbian couples.
“CBS has dropped Eddie Brill as the comedy booker for Late Night after he universally insulted female comedians. Brill said (he did not book women) because “[t]here are a lot less female comics who are authentic. I see a lot of female comics who, to please an audience, will act like men.”
What? Were they peeing standing up? Getting prostate cancer? Seriously, what the fuck does that mean?
“The “women aren’t funny” argument has been made time and time again, and everyone is entitled to their opinion. But as Tina Fey said in her book Bossypants, “It is an impressively arrogant move to conclude that just because you don’t like something, it is empirically not good. I don’t like Chinese food, but I don’t write articles trying to prove it doesn’t exist.” Sure Brill is allowed to think that women comedians aren’t funny, but it was problematic that he was in a position in which he was denying them jobs on principle. That’s institutional sexism.”
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