Entries from allies

  • December 2022
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    This Week's Quote

    U.S. President Joe Biden signed the Respect for Marriage Act into law on Tuesday at a jubilant celebration that featured U.S. singer Cyndi Lauper performing "True Colors" in front of thousands of supporters on the White House lawn.

    Steve Holland

    Source:  Reuters

  • July 2022
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    Our Parents' Stories

    Last week I listened to a piece on NPR about the changes in PFLAG over its nearly 50 years. More than anything, the reporting reminded me of the power of hearing others' stories. 

    Consider Kay and her husband. When their son came out to them in 1982 in Norman, Okla., they didn't have a soul in their church or community to talk to. They went to the library to educate themselves and found zip. They learned about PFLAG from "Dear Abby," and helped found a chapter.

    This year they were grand marshals of Norman's Pride parade.

    Stories like these make me mushier than a beanbag chair.

    Then there's Claudette from North Carolina. She grew up in Jamaica, where homophobia was rampant, including at church and in popular music, and when her child came out in ninth grade as transgender, Claudette was decidedly unhappy.

    She attended a PFLAG meeting, but she "met families who were more accepting of their children. And so I felt like I was a terrible parent." However, she and her child continued talking, and the head of the local PFLAG chapter invited her out for coffee.

    Five years later, she marches in Pride parades, and has accepted a position on PFLAG Charlotte's board. She even switched her nursing focus to helping queer youth.

    And thanks to her story, I'm a bowl of oatmeal. An old banana. Mushy peas.

  • June 2022
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    Pride Tried

    I can't call it a Pride miracle, but it definitely qualifies as a Pride surprise.

    My brother and his wife, while supportive of me, have always been reticent to take on the role of ally to the queer community. Yesterday my sister-in-law, who works for Bank of America, sent me a photo of the two of them at a Pride in New Hampshire, wearing rainbow Bank of America t-shirts.

    You could've knocked me over with a deposit slip.

  • April 2022
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    This Week's Quote

    The contrast in (Magic) Johnson’s public support for LGBTQ causes and personal misgivings about his son’s sexuality shows that people are complex. As Johnson said, he grew up in the heteronormative world of male team sports. His son was supposed to shoot hoops, not wear scarves around the house.

    Alex Reimer

    Source:  Outsports

  • January 2022
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    Losing Betty

    I've been genuinely surprised at the national outpouring of grief over the death of Betty White, who passed on the last day of 2021, just weeks before her 100th birthday. Somewhere along the way she became the whole country's decent but saucy grandma.

    I knew the queer community would grieve her loss, in part because she supported us. "I don't care who anybody sleeps with," White told Parade magazine in 2010. "If a couple has been together all that time—and there are gay relationships that are more solid than some heterosexual ones—I think it's fine if they want to get married. I don't know how people can get so anti-something. Mind your own business, take care of your affairs, and don't worry about other people so much."

    I have it on good authority that God has placed her in charge of a new advocacy group, Mensches for the Protection of Animals and the Reverence of Cheesecake.

  • December 2021
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    A Loss for the Whole World

    You probably know that South Africa's Desmond Tutu, who died today at the age of 90, was a driving force behind the squelching of apartheid, a Nobel Peace Prize winner and a worldwide champion for human rights.

    You might not know that those rights included ours. 

    "I would not worship a God who is homophobic," said the former Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town in 2013. "I would refuse to go to a homophobic heaven. No, I would say, 'Sorry, I would much rather go to the other place.'"

    It could be he and St. Peter are haggling right now over Tutu's travel arrangements.

  • November 2021
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    Speed Racer

    Qatar is busy boosting its international sports profile. The Arab nation will host the 2022 men's soccer World Cup, and last weekend Formula One drivers raced in the inaugural Qatar Grand Prix.

    Which gave Lewis Hamilton, one of the sport's most successful drivers, a chance to send a message in a country where homosexuality is illegal.

    Hamilton sported a helmet during his practice session that bore the colors of the Progress Pride flag. I don't know what the colors looked like at top speed—I'm guessing Jello with an attitude—but there was no mistaking the Briton's intent later when he posted a photo of the rainbow helmet on his social media feeds, along with the words "We stand together."

    Hamilton went on to win that inaugural race. Will I claim his victory proves divine support for his colorful statement? Please—I'm no religious fundamentalist. He's a great driver who needed the win in the overall standings.

    And, just maybe, he felt some extra focus. It could be Hamilton had his head straight after having his head gay.

  • August 2021
  • Image by Юлия Каряка from Pixabay 

    This Week's Quote

    It doesn't matter what you do in the bedroom as long as you don't do it in the street and frighten the horses.

    Daphne Fielding

    Source:  Goodreads

  • June 2021
  • April 2021
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    A Prez and an Ally

    Last night, during his first address to a joint session of Congress, President Joe Biden said, “To all the transgender Americans watching at home, especially the young people who are so brave, I want you to know that your president has your back."

    The next LGBTQ person who tells me there's no difference between the Democrats and the Republicans will be in for a treat: watching my head explode. In rainbow colors.

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