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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Pride Month Challenge - Day 17

This post is part of a series originally called "30 Day LGBT Challenge" which asks queer-related questions to be answered during Pride Month.  The original questions can be found here.

Day 17: Your first experience with an LGBT organization or event (Day of Silence, Pride, etc).

I am having a continuity issue here because there are two events that stick out in my head, and I'm not sure which one actually came first.

One was a deplorable "Transgender Day of Remembrance" event in which we legit did nothing but watch "Transamerica," a terrible movie about a trans woman who is being denied surgery by a gatekeeping therapist because she didn't disclose that she'd had sex with a woman.  The movie acts like this therapist is doing something very normal.  She is not.

The other was an activist event with the student version of "Fair Wisconsin" in which we called people and went door to door trying to get people to vote against the anti-queer marriage amendment Wisconsin passed that year.  We lost.