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Queer Eye for the Ally

Yesterday, I travelled to State College for an Equality Advocates PA summit. It was an all-day affair, with about fifty people in attendance. PFLAG Pittsburgh was well represented; there were six of us there.

Discussed were the points and status of House Bill 300, the anti-discrimination bill that was introduced in March. This bill got off to a great start, only to languish in committee while legislators deadlocked on a state budget, which is still not finalized. Between that and the national health care debate, lgbt issues are not foremost on most people’s minds, except in Maine and Washington, where the religious right is pushing hard to kill marriage equality, or anything even resembling it.

What I was really looking forward to was the screening of “Out In the Silence,” a documentary set in the small town of Oil City, PA. It is a great testimony to the issues that lgbt people (and others) face. There is also a great deal of humor and hope expressed in this film. I would like my PA legislators to see it, and it should be shown in Washington DC when they start debating ENDA. Then they will see the real people whom the laws would protect. The filmmakers’ goal is to show it for free in every county in PA.

If we accomplished anything, it was showing some there, who feel isolated in their small towns, that there are a lot of efforts, both individually and collectively, being made on their behalf. We talked a great deal about networking on the web as a means of reaching out to each other and unifying our efforts. (So, if any of you reading this is new here, welcome! )

Along with all the civil rights discussion, I got a suggestion to improve my latest haircut. As some of you know, I’m going for an Adam Lambert-ish look. Unfortunately, my stylist hasn’t quite gotten the concept. She cut one side too short before I realized what she was doing. It looks OK – very asymmetrical, but one guy suggested I take the asymmetry to a greater extreme by shaving the one side (Adam has shaved both sides and kept the top long, but the man has a LOT of hair, and it works for him.). While I could see doing this, I still want to grow it out. Besides, with working in a fairly conservative environment, I’m not sure how well that would go over with some people. If I look too butch, the owner will think I’ve “decided” to become a lesbian, and would pray for my soul harder than ever. ;)


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Sep. 27th, 2009 11:05 pm (UTC)
OMG, the last sentence killed me, I was laughing so hard :)

Except your message here is right on, so I don't want to be too silly about it! IMHO the main reason people remain paranoid and bigoted is they aren't actually friends with any gay people (or don't realize they are). But you probably know all this so I'm just saying, spot on and well done :)
Sep. 27th, 2009 11:15 pm (UTC)
Oh, come on, be silly! Humor is what gets us through sometimes. ;)

Thanks for the compliments.

And BTW, I realize I never thanked you for the gift on my LJ account, so thanks! *hugs*
Sep. 27th, 2009 11:44 pm (UTC)
Oh, come on, be silly! That's what gets us through sometimes! ;)

Thanks for the compliments.

BTW, I never thanked you for the gift payment on my LJ account, so thanks! *hugs*

(I swear I posted this comment once already, but it disappeared!)
Sep. 28th, 2009 12:25 am (UTC)
Np, I saw it on email! And you're welcome, it was a super small way of saying hello and thank you for being so kind! :) *hugs right back*
Sep. 28th, 2009 12:08 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for keeping on fighting the good fight.

You'd look awfully cute w the short short hair. ;)
Sep. 28th, 2009 12:26 am (UTC)

Re short hair - thanks!

Maybe when I decide to let the color go natural, I'll do it. It would be a great way to make the transition.

As it is, I'd have to dye it every two weeks to keep up!
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