want to know a little about what it’s like to be GAY/LESBIAN, BI OR TRANS …
& In the Closet …
or living in a homophobic environment?
Here’s my suggestion …
PIN A PIECE OF PAPER ON YOUR CHEST THAT SAYS:
“ASK ME WHAT I DID LAST NIGHT!”
Talk about your partners, husbands/wives in “neutral” pronouns. Refer to them as “they,” or omit any reference to HAVING a partner at all – or EVER having had one.
Don’t refer to your STRAIGHT FRIENDS, lest someone might think you are “ONE OF THEM.”
Don’t mention MARRIAGE or WEDDINGS.
Don’t mention any bars or restaurants or gathering places WHERE STRAIGHT PEOPLE GO.
Be VIGILANT about your GESTURES, CLOTHES, your VOICE and the way you WALK.
If you’re male – don’t talk about sports or cars or anything “typically” masculine.
If you’re female: don’t talk about shopping or makeup or anything “typically” feminine.
Stay away from other STRAIGHT PEOPLE AT WORK – if you’re friendly with them, people might think you’re Straight too.
Don’t DARE to HOLD HANDS with your partner or even walk NEAR anyone who is straight.
Don’t HUG or KISS anyone who is straight.
Make sure no one even THINKS you’re straight.
Do this for 24 hours.
IMAGINE WHAT IT WOULD BE LIKE TO LIVE LIKE THIS FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE.
Imagine what it would be liked to be mocked, degraded, beaten-up, lose your friends, be rejected by your family, have your children taken away from you, be ousted by your church or synagogue or mosque – or TORTURED or KILLED if you made a MISTAKE!