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.