Every June, gays and lesbians across the country celebrate Pride, an event marked by festive parties, parades, and copious amounts of alcohol consumption. The current incarnation of Pride has seemingly lost much of its sense of history as a time to recognize the progress made politically by gay and lesbian people since the Stonewall Rebellion of 1969. Yes, Virginia, we have Pride to commemorate political advances and political power, not to help you get your rocks off with as many people as possible (although, thanks to the American Civil Liberties Union, you can do that in private with willing adult partners without fear of arrest!). Both Maryland and Baltimore City have a rich tradition of efforts to advance the political and civil rights of lesbian and gay people and, more recently, transgender people.
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December 13, 2011
I have hairs growing on my chin that my girlfriend threatens to pluck when I am not paying attention. Apparently, these stray hairs bother her. They also bother my mother, because “women aren’t supposed to have beards.” And yet, I am a woman, and I have facial hair.
My chin hairs offend the standard of Beauty imposed upon all women in this country. This mythical standard has been used for centuries to control women, telling us how we must appear in order to be valued as women – and humans. All women suffer from the Beauty Myth, and any woman – straight or gay – who doesn’t perform femininity has somehow failed as a woman.