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March On

I am thankful for the many pastors that participated in the Equality March and Pride rallies around the nation. For many years, I didn’t think you could be religious and pro LGBTQ+ rights. I am so glad I was wrong! I am also thankful for the many allies, and especially for the LGBTQ+ community.

As a bisexual, I spent a significant time of my life feeling like I didn’t belong. I’m too gay to be straight and too straight to be gay. Bi-erasure is a thing and it is the reason I was closeted for so long. FYI, the “B” in LGBTQ+ stands for BISEXUAL. We exist.

It wasn’t until after the Pulse shooting, 1 year ago, that I was able to come to terms with who I am and able to express it not just to others, but to myself.

Today, tomorrow, and every day…we celebrate, we love, we remember, we mourn, we march, we stand up, we take action, we rally and we resist.

Peace and Love!

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The Power of Theatre

There are many things I love about theater. 

First of all, I love stories.  It is such a great feeling to get immersed in a story, whether that story is true or false, funny or scary.  Books, movies, plays, live person story telling events, I love it all. 

Second, every play is different.  You can see the same script acted out several times and each time will be different.  Theater never gets old, never overly predictable.

Third, every play gives you something to think about.  Every one, even the ones you hate, leave you thinking and wondering and wanting to discuss.  “What did this mean?”  “What was the significance of that?”  The dialogue after the show is about as great as the actual show.

And now, a new reason to love the theater…the power of theatre.  A friend just sent me the following story, about UF theatre student Ariel Reich.  You may have seen her in shows at the Hipp?  I think the last play I saw her in was Hand to God.  Ariel is doing amazing work.  “Suicide Prevention through Theatre Intervention”.  Who knew?!  I am just sitting here in awe right now and had to share this, as quickly as possible.  Read up!

http://arts.ufl.edu/in-the-loop/news/the-power-of-theatre-addressing-the-taboo/