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!

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About artistsoulspeaks

Judith Z. Miller, aka "Zelda," lives in an erotic, musical, spiritual universe; she writes as a way of coping with its beauty, sensuality, frustrations and ecstasies. In NYC, she has read at events sponsored by organizations such as Nehirim, Zeek Magazine, Essentuality, and at venues such as Blue Stockings, The Jewish Community Center, Wow Café Theatre - and late at night to her girlfriends in bed. She published in Inside Arts magazine, The Washington Post, and American Theatre magazine. Judith was trained as an actress in Washington DC, co-founded The Fine Line Actors Theatre, acted in numerous productions, created original performance material and was awarded an NEA Arts Management Fellowship in Theatre. Judith is a self-trained visual artist who is inspired by the beauty of nature and the guiding force of her intuition. She draws and creates primal sculpture and wearable art from trees, stones and found objects, which she fashions into ritual staffs, wearable amulets, and employs in healing rituals. She was profiled in The Daily News; the subject of feature articles in Mann About Town magazine, Home News Tribune, In Brooklyn, The Park Slope Paper, The Wave, and The Daily Sitka Sentinel, and featured on NY-1 Television. In 2008 her paper “Sometimes a Tree Isn’t Just a Tree,” was read at the First International LSP-and Translation Studies Oriented Textual Analysis conference at Chouaib Doukkali University, El Jadida, Morocco. Judith was the founder and director of ZAMO! representing a multi-cultural mix of world-class GRAMMY® nominated and JUNO ® award-winning performing artists for over 20 years. She taught self-promotion for performers, presented by organizations such as The Field, The Red Tent Women’s Project and the Brooklyn Arts Counsel. She was the Chief Rhythm officer of Microfundo, a crowdfunding platform supporting musicians worldwide. She was a 2011 British Airways Face-to-Face Opportunity contest winner traveling to Thailand where she met with indigenous woodcarvers and shaman. A healing ritual artist, she created Zelda's Body Breathing Healing System (TM), and offers private sessions and workshops. Judith (Zelda) resides in Port Henry New York.
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