The Keystone State Gay Rodeo rides into town June 24th and 25th and will be held at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Building in Harrisburg.
It started when we were children. Parents and teachers told us that if we worked hard and did our best that good things would happen. Our efforts would open doors, create opportunities, and lead to the kind of life we want for ourselves. All we had to do was give our best, follow the rules, and the world would be our oyster.
Seldom does there come along a truly life-changing event, but the Women’s March on Washington was just that for so many of us who attended. The excited conversation on our bus that evening and the many other people with whom I have talked since that momentous Saturday attest to the overwhelming experience the march had been. We had come together from across the country with common concerns, and experienced such profound kindness from one another as we marched through the streets of Washington (and stood trapped within the sea of pink hats). Never had I been in a crowd so large and felt so safe. As a transwoman, the event was especially transformative for me.
If you’re the parent of a foster or adopted child who has behavior issues, you may (or may not) have heard the term Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD). Let Google help you find where to look online for information about RAD and how it impacts children and adults who have lived through abuse, particularly abuse that occurs at an early age. Sometimes, these kids are referred to as RADishes; an attempt to add some levity to what can be a difficult life to live, both for the child and his or her parents.
Those of you who read my last column may remember that I was feeling grumpy about the inauguration casting a somber veil over my birthday weekend. It may seem petty, but it strikes me as cruelly ironic that a day to celebrate me, a gay man, be shared with the inauguration of an administration that doesn’t seem to care for my kind. In my last piece I took comfort in schadenfreude; this time, I’m here to sing the praises of nasty women.
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