02/21/2014 – “Knowing Me, Knowing You: The Subtle Severity of Internalized Homophobia and Oppression”

Does your attitude or demeanor change when walking through Adams Morgan on a Friday night? Do you even GO to Adams Morgan? How often do you cringe at the sight of your overtly swishy gay friend?  Do you find yourself butching up to overcompensate for when together with them? How do your habits and appearance differ from a Friday night at Town versus an evening out with coworkers? Have you used words that would otherwise be considered “Hate-Speech” if spoken by heterosexuals? 

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The speech by Irish drag queen Panti Bliss, aka Rory O’Neill, has inspired me for our discussion this week.  This video came out a couple weeks ago, and although that seems a lifetime in our YouTube and Facebook world, Panti’s speech is timeless and brings up relevant issues for the LGBT community.
Even in this world where the LGBT community is gaining more rights and acceptance in the United States and other countries, there is still much oppression in many parts of the world and many people who refuse to see us as equals.  We will discuss how this oppression manifests in our lives, how it affects our individual spirit and psyche,  and how we have seen if affect others.  While this may be a bit of a sobering discussion, I really want us to search for solutions to remove this homophobia from ourselves.  It is only at that point that we can start removing the homophobia from others.
Gay District (GD) meets at The DC Center; 8:30pm.  It is located inside the Reeves building, which is a government facility.  We encourage attendees to bring their photo ID. If you do not have or are unable to present photo ID, please contact GD facilitator Justin (JDavis1982@Gmail.Com) or The DC Center’s Executive Director David Mariner.  Attendees will need to enter the Reeves building via the “Exit” doors on 14th Street, facing the McDonald’s.

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