“Is there anything else we should know?”

I am going to Phoenix, Arizona next week to protest SB 1070, colloquially called the “papers please” bill.

I am excited.  I am nervous.  I am hesitant.  But I’m ready to dive right in.

But that’s not what this (quick) blog post is about.

I am going with the Standing On the Side of Love Campaign, a campaign run by the Unitarian Universalist Association.  They are providing housing while I am there.

Anybody who reads my blog who has done activism work knows what the “I need housing!” email looks like.

What’s your name?  When are you arriving/departing?  Any dietary notes?  Any allergies/accommodations/necessities?  And always (alwaysalwaysalways) “Is there anything else we should know?”

For any conference in the past couple years I’ve written some variation of “I am transgender and am uncomfortable staying with somebody where that might be an issue.”

And this time?  I didn’t.  I didn’t allude in any way to the fact that I’m trans, to the fact that I don’t meet most folks’ definitions of an “Andrew.”

Breathe in.  Breathe out.


2 Comments to ““Is there anything else we should know?””

  1. Andrew, I can only imagine what a milestone that must have been for you, and I can only hope and pray that it ended up feeling like the right decision. AND that the time will come when you don’t have to decide whether to fill in that “is there anything else we should know” blank.

    It was a joy to meet you, and I wish you all the best in the weeks and months to come.

  2. Thanks, Lisa. It ended up being a total non issue, as I logically knew that it would.

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