This was my newsletter post* from a couple days ago; turns out this particular newsletter was met with a highly unusual number of unsubscribes. Is it the gun control stuff? The queer stuff? Or just being political at all? I have no way of knowing. But this is how I feel, so I’m putting it up on the blog too.
I can’t muster a newsletter post this time, folks, I’m sorry. As a queer person I am too undone by the news from Orlando, and by the hatefulness of our political sphere. I do see signs of hope, in the way people have rallied in support of LGBTQ communities in Orlando and elsewhere (and as some of my clients have pointed out–that at this juncture the police came to protect the gays, not harass them), and at Senator Chris Murphey’s 15 hour gun control filibuster. And that a community of people who have had to organize and fight steadily for decades to gain and protect basic rights are now on the case of gun control. As the FB meme puts it: “these queens get shit done!” But I’m still struggling. I leave in a few minutes to go to a fundraiser dance party at Eugene’s gay club, The Wayward Lamb, raising money for #Orlando. That feels like the most important work to do at this moment. That, and signing petitions and calling your senator to limit the sale of assault weapons and other firearms.
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