Rachel Spangler is a queer author who writes much more beautifully than I have been able to about what has been going on lately, in her world and in our larger world. I share her words of pain and promise because she is right, it is personal. If you enjoy her writing, you can find her books at Bold Stroke Books and her blog at Wonder Boi Writes, rachelspangler.wordpress.com
So the news the last few weeks has been kind of bad. Between the bigot who blasted my family on Facebook and trans kids being bullied to death and Indiana going bat shit crazy, it’s easy to get caught up in our national back swing. Never mind that rapid social progress is always followed by conservative blowback. Never mind that any seasoned activist will tell you it’s always two steps forward and one step back. Never mind that for every crazy politician spouting hate there’s two more moving closer to full inclusion. It still hurts.
I’ve been out for fourteen years. You’d think I’d be used to it by now, but I still feel the burn of shame in my cheeks when I hear a pastor rail against my family. My stomach clenches when I have to explain to my son why he’s not a boy scout. My shoulders still tighten…
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