Yesterday I spent the whole day at the fabulous True Colors Conference. This is the nation’s largest LGBTIQ conference for youth and young adults. They had over 2200 yesterday–oh and what enthusiasm and joy they expressed all day!
On Thursday night Momma flew in from LA just as I flew in from Houston. We met up at the airport, had an amazing Thai dinner, and then I sent her off to stay with the most sweet butch Shawn. Pictured here you will see Momma, who is a full-figure gal and taller than Tyra. And that is saying something.
At True Colors I did a workshop for Middle School students. The purpose was to mainly have fun with some theater games while also looking at the challenges of bullying and homophobia. My goal was to develop proactive measures to counter homophobia and bullying that were not always done as a reaction to bad things being said and done. How do we create a climate of acceptance and respect? How can straight students help foster this climate? How does homophobia and bullying (particularly around gender norms) affect everyone in the school–straight and queer?
I also led a workshop called Ex–Gay Primer–Homo No Mo. I have done a similar one for years there at True Colors and it is always well attended. In this year’s workshop I led the participants to consider the many reasons why someone may chose to leave the LGBT community, or never identify with it to begin with, and elect to attend an ex-gay program.
They provided a deep discussion that revealled multiple factors that may weigh in on someone that goes ex-gay.
I sit here writing this with the amazing images in my head of Momma’s ministry to these young people at True Colors. Yeah, it may sound odd to put the words Drag Queen and Ministry together, but seeing the way the young people responded to her, the tenderness she showed them, and the tears that often appeared in the teens’ eyes, I witnessed a marvel of ministry. Few if any words were spoken other than, I love you, like a mother would say to her child, and then the Momma hug. Acceptance, celebration, affirmation in a gorgeous mystic exchange.