Northerns in the U.S.A. routinely slander the South, believing that Southerners are backwards, dull and bigoted. Actually those characteristics transcend geographical boundries.
We discussed inequality of all kinds and oppression of trans individuals, people of color, women and those with disabilities. Bright, creative, passionate, Morgan, Jenessa, Cale, Suzie, and the many others I met, grasp a broad picture of the kind of change that needs to happen in the US in order to make this a safe and fair place for all.
Whenever I mention to folks back home in Connecticut that I’m heading South for a show, they react wide-eyed, Are you scared?
I respond, “Do you mean, ‘Will I find a soy latte?’ kind of scared?”
They assume that I will get physically assaulted once I head down to the Delta.
It’s not like that. Progressive minded people exist everywhere, especially in the South. Religious intolerance and racism exist all over including in the North. Just visit Exodus’ site to find an “ex-gay” ministry in a state near you. They lie littered all over the land of the free and the home of the brave.
Yes, Memphis is home to the now notorious Love in Action “ex-gay” program. But it has so much more going for it. Here you will find the MeDia Co-op, Holy Trinity Community Church,, and of course, RP Tracks with their AMAZING vegan BBQ tofu nachos!