In honor of it being the 50th anniversary of The Stone Wall Riots, let me ask you a question...
Are you OUT?
In other words, are you letting the world see you in ALL of your beautiful Realness? Or are you labeling selected pieces of yourself as 'not for public consumption'?
To be honest, even as a lesbian who has been in a committed relationship for 28 years, I still feel like I'm in the closet. It's true. Why is it scary to own the truth of who I am as a QUEER woman in her 50's? Am I afraid my lesbian edges might be threatening to my straight friends or potential employers? Am I still trying to pass or fly under the radar? What is that costing me?
'Sarah, where's all this coming from?' you may ask.
It all started at my first rehearsal for an exciting new play. The director gathered a diverse group of LGBTQ actors and actresses to assist in the development of a documentary play called The Village. I was there to play the role of a hardened lesbian activist. After the first read through, something magical happened. One very courageous actress broke the ice and shared her journey of finding wholeness as a transwoman. She was so open and unguarded that the whole room responded in kind. One by one, each cast member opened up about what it's like to deal with homophobia in the work place, or the prevalence of unsafe sex in the dating scene, or being denied the right to marry, establish your own gender marker or worship within your chosen religious community.
Suddenly the project got real. It was more than about a play. It was about our lives. Even in that tiny room of queer folk, there was so much diversity of experience between age, race and gender identity. It made us realize that there are many bridges to cross even within the LGBTQ community. But we all felt that telling our stories and listening to each other -- really listening -- was the first step towards true acceptance and freedom.
So, I ask you again... Are you ready for even more self love? Are you willing to share even more of your whole self with the world, knowing that what lies behind the mask is just your beautiful humanity? Are you ready for your realness to spark intimacy and build bridges?
Here's to the BEAUTY of you, my friend!
Thanks for being part of my tribe~
THE VILLAGE, a documentary play by Oscar Lopez, has been chosen for development by the Drama League Next Stage Residency 2019.
Using the 2013 homophobic murder of Mark Carson as a point of departure, The Village is scripted from hours of interviews with real-life residents of the West Village. It is a special project to be apart of, for It recounts the tragedies and triumphs of New York's LGBT community through the voices of people who witnessed them first-hand.
At the helm, is esteemed resident director of HAMILTON, Hannah Ryan. I'm so excited to be working with Hannah again. She is everything you could want in a director and more. To read about it on Broadway World,Click here.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself.
-- Coco Chanel
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