|BSU rallies with PRIDE / February 2012|
The moment is a reminder both of the progress we have made and the very real dangers that remain for GLBTQ people in our country and abroad. This was taken at a time when I was supporting only my students and neighbors and friends -- I did not know at the time that this would later become something I do for my family.
|Young Reilly Horan|
Photo: The Moth
A more positive story I heard around the same time was that of Reilly Horan, which she tells as part of an episode of The Moth Radio Hour entitled It's the Little Things. She was serving food at a family restaurant on Martha's Vineyard when a child's question about her khakis helped her to process a lifetime of questions about gender. It is as thoughtful an exploration of gender identity as I have heard.
I recommend the entire episode, but can also suggest skipping to 34:20 for the start of Reilly's moving reflections.
|Photo: Alysse Gafkjen via NPR|
What began as a typical story about the music of a young singer-songwriter turned out to be the story of her coming out as a lesbian. And then it became the story of a parent's coming to terms with her child's sexual orientation.
Please have a listen, and maybe grab a tissue first. Jennifer Pruitt has words every parent should hear.
What does all of this have to do with geography?
Everything. Have a look at the blog of the AAG Queer and Trans Geographies Specialty Group for examples of spatial perspectives on sexual orientation and gender identity. I must admit I liked our previous name better: Sexuality and Space.