It’s June, Gay Pride Month… this month hasn’t been a big deal to me for a long time, as I am proud every month whether I am gay, a brother, an uncle, a friend, a biker/Harley rider, a civic leader, a helper, a caregiver, a neighbor, a husband… whatever.
However, I am bombarded with many messages related to “celebrating Gay Pride!” … like suddenly the world thinks everyone should celebrate… la la la, twirl and laugh… whatever.
Nothing took me more by surprise than a colleague coming up to me and saying,
…”our agency is having a Gay Pride presentation. You are a normal gay, will you be a panelist?”
She repeated, “well, you’re so normal. The Gay Pride Planning Committee would like to showcase employees who are regular people.”
Again… this request and message really needs a lot of work.
I was so flummoxed, I could not really come up with anything to say at the time. I just said, “I’m busy right now… I will talk to you later.”
Before I tell you what I said later after I regained my composure and had a chance to talk about it with my husband and my boss, let me ask — if you were approached this way to be asked to speak on a panel of presenters for a Gay Pride event and were told that the reason you were being asked to speak is because you were “a normal gay,” what would YOU say?
Comments are open. Honestly, I am curious to know your thoughts.
Life is short: be normal, or … whatever.