Big Gay Conference: Alphabet Soup 2007

From February 16th to the 18th, I was in the twin cities, Minnesota at the MLGBTA College Conference. For those of you who don’t know what that is, it’s also known as THE BIG GAY CONFERENCE! Oh and it is.

The conference was good. Went to a bunch of workshops but the only two that really hit home for me were a workshop on what the Bible really says about Homosexuality and a workshop on Opening the Closet on Parents. Both of which were incredibly powerful presentations and I’ll probably write about both subjects later on. I’ll most likely end up making these two seperate blog posts because each has a significant amount of thought and research behind them.

I went to my first gay club (though that night ended badly with me having a horrible anxiety-attack because of the amount of horny gay people crammed into one room), and went and saw an absolutely horrendous drag show that was just plain bad. I got to see my friend Erik again (I miss that kid), as well as listen to one of the best speakers I have ever heard, Robyn Ochs, talk about some important current issues. Near the end of her speech, she shared with us a quote from U.S. Representative Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis) which I would like to share here since it made both T and I tear up a little.

“If you dream of a world in which you can put your partner’s picture on your desk, then put his picture on your desk and you will live in such a world. And if you dream of a world in which you can walk down the street holding your partner’s hand, then hold her hand and you will live in such a world. If you dream of a world in which there are more openly gay elected officials, then run for office and you will live in such a world. And if you dream of a world in which you can take your partner to the office party, even if your office is the U.S. House of Representatives,then take her to the party. I do, and now I live in such a world. Remember, there are two things that keep us oppressed: them and us. We are half of the equation. There will not be a magic day when we wake up and it’s now OK to express ourselves publicly. We must make that day ourselves, by speaking out publicly — first in small numbers, then in greater numbers, until it’s simply the way things are and no one thinks twice. Never doubt that we will create this world, because, my friends, we are fortunate to live in a democracy, and in a democracy, we decide what’s possible.”

I also went to a very personally moving workshop on Anger at Anti-gay Religion, an interesting although a little disorganized workshop on what to say to people who are against homosexuality, and a way-too-early-in-the-morning workshop on Blogging for Change. The blogging one was really interesting, though there were of course technical issues and it was more a question-and-answer sort of workshop. But it was really good despite the limitations. I really hope this topic gets brought back and added to next year.

Not to mention we got to see Margaret Cho live – she was beautiful, clever, and downright hilarious. I thought that our entire row was going to fall out of their seats from laughing so hard. Our group was definitely one of the one’s screaming the most.

I bought a book called “Letter from Young Activits” filled with inspiring letters written from young people about social justice. I’m gaining a lot of inspiration for that so I hope to start writing more in my blog about important issues.

Anyway, that’s an update for now. I’d also like to say that this blog will be moving soon as I’m currently in the process of moving Amadaun.Net to a new host.

Be well.