Whatta week it was! We were interviewed by the newspaper for an article about Marriage Equality, since this is a timely issue especially for California. We were a little nervous about being OUT there, but felt the need to help break down stereotypes & hopefully broaden some peoples minds who can't think outside the box. We're assuming you know the world is not all black & white, there are millions of shades of grey & don't forget that ever present rainbow!
Women's Power Strategy Conference, the brainchild of Patricia V. Davis. Last year I was a guest blogger & this year we were both speakers on a panel. The panel was called "Gay Like Me" a conversation about breaking down stereotypes. At first we thought it would be like a crash course in Gay 101 for the audience but of course it wasn't that at all. It was funny to think of it that way & we had our Gay checklist all ready to go. At the conference, we were also surprised & honored to receive an award for our work as advocates for Alzheimer's & Caregivers through our blog Dementia-Mama-Drama along with our role of helping break down Gay stereotypes.
It was interesting to see how everyone on the panel was "normal" - no stereotypes here. None of us had horrendous or dramatic stories of growing up Gay & coming out. Just goes to show you that you can be caregivers for a parent with Alzheimer's (as we were) or raise your wife's children (as if you gave birth to them yourself) like Sally Kuhlman or Cynthi Stefenoni & send them off to college just like everybody else... Straight or Gay.
Mary O'Neill , "YouTube & Your Brand" with Laura Berg, "Owning Your Story, Shaping Your Public Image" with Lorna Garano & of course the inspirational keynote speaker Zakiya Mackey who is the Internship Program Coordinator at Girls Inc. & a filmmaker!
So here we are in Suburbia sharing our lives with the world & what better time to do it then during Gay Pride month. Gay Pride a time to remember that we're not all drag queens, leather daddies or dykes on bikes. There are many types of us GLBT(XYZ) people & we cannot be put in one category, except maybe one... Fabulous!