UNDER COVER IN PLAIN SIGHT

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BE CAREFUL WHO YOU HATE
IT MIGHT END UP BEING SOMEONE YOU LOVE

Back in my podcasting days at The VOICE of TURNIP STYLE, we had a discussion about the importance of queer visibility in all circles of life. There had been a few celebrities that had come out publicly and talk began to rise about the responsibility of being a public celebrity and queer.

Too often we were hearing the argument from those opposed to fundamental rights like marriage equality, “but I don’t know any one like ‘that'” so this doesn’t affect me. My actions aren’t hurting anyone.

When in fact, they did have someone close to them, perhaps very close to them, that was being affected negatively by their actions.

Those actions don’t have to be mean or malicious to hurt.

I remember the snickers, snide comments and giggles from my mother and her friends about characters on TV. Those same things they said, applied to me. It filled me with fear that I was being talked about and thought of that way. It really cut away at my self -esteem.

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UNDER COVER IRONY

I can’t help but think about the irony of it all. Those that work the hardest to silence and squash the queer community are often the ones lurking in the shadows, indulging their own twisted dalliances.

It becomes a wicked tangle of talons that leads to even more oppression of LGBTQ+ folks.

That is why I wanted to use IRONY here.

A puzzle? A cause for pause? A catalyst for conversation?

While it is still not safe for all of us to come out. In some cases, in some areas, it has become even more dangerous for queer folks.

I will be here wearing my UNDER COVER t-shirt doing my extra best to be EXTRA visible for those that can’t be.

Yet.

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