The number of Americans telling the US Census they’re living with same-sex partners nearly doubled in the past decade, to about 650,000 couples. And more than 130,000 recorded partners as husband or wife. Peg and I are delighted to be one of these.
During a discussion a few days ago about how important it is for LGBT people and our allies to be allies to each other, a student named Kendralyn told the following beautiful story, which I share with her permission:
“Queer people sometimes assume that when I’m not in “their” spheres, I get to leave and go about my business living as any other straight person would. But I am always an ally no matter where I am. When I was home in Upstate NY, I was riding a city bus. At one of the stops a transgender woman, who didn’t present like a “typical” woman, got on. And I witnessed people being extremely nasty to her. They were saying things like, “It’s not Halloween yet”, “You’re a freak”, and people actually got up and moved to sit away from her. I stood from my seat and sat next to her and we had a lovely conversation. At one point, she was saying how sad it is that she gets made fun of and how people don’t understand her and that they call her ugly and I told her, “I think you’re beautiful.” People were giving us looks, but we smiled and kept talking with one another.”
Thank you Kendralyn!
I spent today with 2000 amazing and VERY excited LGBTQ and ally youth at the True Colors Conference in Connecticut. What an amazing space, where lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, genderqueer, pansexual, queer, questioning and ally youth spend the day going to workshops, listening to speakers, and basking in teach others’ presence. For many conference attendees, it’s the first time they’ve ever been in a space where they felt fully accepted. It is an honor to be part of this event every year.
And now — I’m pooped! To bed early, and then back to the conference tomorrow morning. http://www.ourtruecolors.org/