Story • Identity Politics: Why You Should Care
Two fascinating articles crossed my path on the same day this week. One, an old piece from the TransGriot blog titled "Why The Transgender Community Hates HRC"; the other, a new piece from Slate.com called "Meet The Gaybros: They like sports, hunting, and beer. They make the gay community mad."
I mean, come on! With titles like those, wouldn't you be fascinated?
Well, if you're a human being who'd rather not be an idiot (in the most classical sense), you should be fascinated. If you're someone whose work is all about story and character, you really should be. If you live in the alphabet soup called the GLBT "community"... Yeah, they're both pretty much compulsory reading.
Why? Because they're both about the importance of one's own story. (They're about other things, too, but stick with me.) They're about our need to have our own story told, told accurately, told empathetically, told to and by those like us, to and by those not like us, to those who do and don't like us, and—perhaps most importantly—told back to us. Like a mirror. A mirror up to (our own) nature.
Read them, both. I'd start with the Slate piece first and then the TransGriot blog entry (the opposite way in which they came to me).
Meet The Gaybros: They like sports, hunting, and beer. They make the gay community mad.
by J. Byran Lowder, published on Slate.com March 20. 2013
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- I found the trans article via a Facebook post. The Slate one I found through the wonderful podcast Slate Culture Gabfest. Give it a listen, here.
- griot: /grēˈō/ noun, A member of a class of traveling poets, musicians, and storytellers who maintain a tradition of oral history in parts of West Africa.
- note the URL for the Slate piece. Was that the original title of Lowder's piece? What's the word after "fellow"? "Gays"? "Bros"? "Redditors"?