National Coming Out Day – Suggestions for STRAIGHT People

STRAIGHT PEOPLE:

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!

About artistsoulspeaks

Zelda (aka Judith Z. Miller) Bio Zelda (aka Judith Z. Miller) is a multifaceted artist who lives in an erotic, musical, spiritual universe. As a feminist Jew who studies shamanism, she is inspired by the beauty of nature and the guiding force of her intuition as she explores the themes of connection to the Earth, spirituality, sexuality and gender. She sculpts, draws, writes, performs, photographs, and is an ecstatic dancer/percussionist/healer. Currently, under an Individual Artist Commission awarded by Arts Mid-Hudson, Zelda is developing Que Será, Será (Whatever Will Be, Will Be), a multi-media one-person show that chronicles the joys and challenges of navigating non-binary Queerness from a childhood in the 1950s to adulthood. This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by Arts Mid-Hudson. She is also producing ZELDA’S Happenings, a series of black-light, body-painting, percussion dance parties that will produce original wearable art for a new UpState Artists Clothing Collection representing artists of the region. Zelda co-founded The Fine Line Actors Theatre in Washington DC and performed at such venues as Source, GALA Hispanic Theatre and the Kennedy Center in DC, in NYC at WOW Café Theatre and Dixon Place, at the Lace Mill and with the TMI Project in Kingston. She published in Inside Arts magazine, The Washington Post, and American Theatre magazine. Zelda currently resides at the Lace Mill artist residence in Kingston NY with her Great Dane “Z”.
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