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Getting ready for Cincinnati... 1 Reply

Started by Daniel Johnson. Last reply by Delanna Reed Jan 8, 2014.

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Comment by Daniel Johnson on May 17, 2012 at 6:11am

Today is International Day Against Homophobia! May 17th was designated because it was the day that, in 1990, that homosexuality was officially removed from the International Classification of Diseases (ICD). Is anyone doing anything to commemorate it this year? How about NEXT year? (Hint, hint.) Just wondering...

Comment by Rob McCabe on February 1, 2010 at 1:09pm
Hi guys. Thanks for the interesting threads of conversation here. I just moved to Florida and have found that in my neck of the woods, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Tampa and even Holiday are surprisingly open about Queerness. gay bars are open and sometimes line the streets openly. I am continually surprised about finding how open many places are. I just joined th Unitarian Church in Tarpon Springs and am going to be working with the RE Director treaching kids about peace, celebrating diversity and individuality through storytelling and crafts. i couldn't be happier right now except I need a nother job or two to make ends meet, but hey for three weeks, I am surprised that the RE Director said yes to my hep (doesn't pay though, but the experience of Paying it Forward is important to me). Plus, I will be the first tour guuide of the newly-developed tour group Tampa Ghost Tours which will begin in March, once I familiarize myself with the stories surrounding the hauntings. Am still working on Queer-related pieces and hope that someday we can meet at a National Conference or maybe start our own Conference for Queer storytellers, writers and the combination of both. That's something to think about down the road.

Anyway, peace to you all. Stay in touch.
Comment by Kevin Walker on September 8, 2009 at 4:32pm
Ooops sorry!
Comment by Delanna Reed on September 8, 2009 at 3:31pm
Since the local dialect is difficult, I can understand why you don't speak it. When I was 20 years old I spent a month studying Spanish in Salamanca and came away with a decent ability to speak Castillian. Of course, I had several years of schoolwork to prepare me.

By they way, it was Delanna who wrote! :)
Comment by Kevin Walker on September 8, 2009 at 3:09pm
Hey Penelope. Holidays are great aren't they? I have lived in Spain for just over 4 years and I am ashamed to say that my spanish is not too good, even though I live in a very Spanish area. My partner is fluent and he does the talking!! hee hee. I am trying to learn but the locals speak a dialect that is so hard to understand for me...but I am English....we expect everyone to speak english!! only joking. I do work in spanish schools but as their exposure to English. I do throw in some words and phrases in spanish when the going gets tough. But I am sooooooo ashamed!
Comment by Delanna Reed on September 8, 2009 at 2:12pm

I assume you speak fluent spanish since you live in Spain. Do you also tell stories in Spanish?
Comment by Delanna Reed on September 8, 2009 at 2:11pm

I left work the day we were writing back and forth and managed to stay away and offline for the holiday weekend. Yeah! So, to answer your question, I live in Johnson City, TN - right next door to Jonesborough, home of the National Storytelling Festival.
Comment by Kevin Walker on September 2, 2009 at 4:21pm
Yes, we too try to live an ordinary life which illustrates to the "uneducated" that we are just like anyone else. But I do count myself lucky on the fact that I live in a place in my life where I can do this....both physically and emotionally. Not really political but not hidden in any way. I live in a very spanish town where gayness is not openly accepted but is fine as long as you don't talk about it. But our neighbours and the townsfolk have shown only warmth and a welcome to us as we live openly as a couple. Some even ask if we are going to get married, as Spain has now made it legal. There is a little town not too far from here that is run by a comunist mayor....and it is a very successful, happy and well run place. He has offered to pay for a honeymoon for the first gay couple to get married in his town!! hee hee....just love it!! Sorry, I digress.
Comment by Penelope Starr on September 2, 2009 at 3:36pm
Delanna, where do you live?
Comment by Penelope Starr on September 2, 2009 at 3:36pm
I'm interested in how to be part of the solution. I ran the senior program at an LGBT community center for a few years and was a "professional queer", as we liked to call ourselves. By being a good role model and challenging homophobia in my former day job, my storytelling events & my life, I hope to "normalize" people's experience of a LGBTQ person. I know that I'm the exception. People think I'm brave but I just think I'm doing what I need to do. I once lived in a small city in Kentucky and quickly realized that was not the place for me and returned to "civilization".

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