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((A monologue for theatre class in college that I did after interviewing the president of the LGBTQ youth group in my hometown. These were 100% her words, I just edited them into monologue form))
We all got a text blast when it first happened. I wasn’t aware, in the first place, that the flags had been put up. I was like, “Wait, what? There were rainbow flags at the fairgrounds in the AV?” And then when I saw the text saying that they had been taken down, I was annoyed and pretty upset about it. Because it was just like one person who complained saying “Take those flags down because we don’t want to support the gays!” and they were taken down and it’s like really? Like, are you kidding me with this? Like really? Thank you for offending an entire community, now. I’m president of The Out Project and with that presidency comes a position on the board of the LGBTQ center of the AV, called the Outreach Center and um, we had several emergency meetings to deal with it and the board members had many conversations and meetings with people on the fair board to try to get them to put the flags back up, which obviously they didn’t. And as it went on and we communicated with the fair board it got more and more annoying because I feel like the rainbow flag beyond, uh, being a gay symbol just represents unity and diversity as a community at large, not just relating to the LGBT community, so, I feel like one person calling in and saying “Take those flags down” and then acting on that and taking them down is just discriminatory when the purpose of the AV fair is to celebrate the diversity in the community and to have everyone come together, it’s alienating to take down a flag that represents that. Well, uh, we created an unofficial Gay Day at the fair. We encouraged everyone to, you know, wear purple to identify yourself with the community or if you feel even bolder than that, come wearing rainbows, we’ll just gay the place up on our own without the flags. Like I said, it’s just a representation of the diversity and the culture within our community and how we’re all so different together, so it’s just discriminatory and alienating to take down a flag that represents that diversity.
I’ll lose more that way, and I won’t have thunder thighs or a stomach like ET.
inspired by the last text post I saw
And sing Stand Out and I2I.
Possibly on television.
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