So, I get there, and like every event, I'm on edge.
What if no one shows? What if there's a problem...blah, blah, blah....
Of course, it was fine.
Everything went smoothly - and the woman who runs Skate Factory is totally amazing - AND used to own my house!
(and reads my blog....)
Anyway, there were a couple of dozens teens, and pizza and soda - and I called BINGO numbers! For fabulous prizes! Like, a Necco wafer necklace!
We got an article in the Register Star. CLICK HERE.
(Read the comments. They're interesting.)
The Columbia Paper came as well, and shot some photos. It was great.
A couple of times, there were a couple of teenage boys, helping each other skate.
Nothing major, just skating arm in arm - and no one gave them a hard time...
Could you imagine? Imagine what a difference it would have made in your life, if at 16, there was a gay skate night that you and your friends could attend, and be totally open, and just laugh, and skate arm in arm with your friend, and not be harrassed?
What a difference that would have made in your life.
How much less agida you would have been through?
Being gay could just be normal, and everyday, and no big whoop, and you wouldn't have to fight or feel second-class and you could concentrate on other aspects of your life.....
I tell people, "do-what-you-have-to" is my middle name.
I guess I need to create a name like, "Duwahuhafta" or something like that.
I struggle with being called a 'drag queen', mostly because, well, I don't really care.
It's a means to an end. It gets me from point A to point B - and it does it fairly quickly, with a lot of fun, and sometimes I make a few bucks.
(Sometimes, like this past week, I was in a room of over 90 college students at the Culinary Institute calling BINGO numbers - and they were taking their shirts off for another BINGO card! OMG, it was so much fun! And, I got paid. How ridiculous is that? I'm getting paid to watch cute college boys take their shirts off in front of me!)
If it was just me in my normal clothes, which lately is a sweatshirt and jeans, it wouldn't happen.
A dress and a wig, some bad jokes and chocolate chip cookies. Boom. Done.
You do what you have to.
You don't complain, you don't find excuses, you don't blame your past or someone else.....you just do it.
And then, what happens, is that when you keep doing, and keep trying, sometimes, it works.
You keep throwing, and sometimes, it sticks.
Last year, at this time, I don't remember what I was doing.....I was doing a Red Party at the Red Dot...I'm doing another Red Party on the 12th. You should go. People are going stir crazy with this weather, it's going to be fun.
(I might wear the same dress....because, well, as I said, I don't really care....as long as it fits.....and I get the stains out....)
But, this coming weekend, the Hudson Pride Foundation is doing a Rainbow Skate night for gay teens - under 21s - in Columbia County.
They get in free, and it's (the first that we know of) LGBT-friendly teen event in the county.
You know what? They're coming out in High School now, and that's wonderful!
We want these teens to know that there's a community out there for them. They have support - and it's right here in their backyard.
We'll push the scholarship program. We gave away $1,000 last year, and this year, we're giving away $2,000. $1,000 to last year's recipients and a new $1,000 to this year's scholarship winner.
There is now a gay and lesbian non-profit organization in Columbia County, and we're raising money for high school students that show a commitment to gay/lesbian issues, plus the HPF is organizing the Pride Parade again.
The parade for this June is under way - June 17-19, 2011.
TWO boat cruises on Friday night, a parade on Saturday at noon, a rally right after and a BIG party all night. The official announcement is on its way.
On Sunday, which will be Father's Day, we are having "Family Pride" on Warren Street - bouncy-castles, and stuff like that for kids, and their gay or gay-friendly families.
I tell people, there are only two problems with living in Hudson.....sex and money.
If you can figure those two things out, you're fine.
Hudson is a wonderful place to live, and gives you a fabulous quality of life. There's a country feel, walking distance to bars and restaurants, residents with sophistication and intelligent conversation, and a wonderful art/music and cultural scene.
It's just the sex and money part. There's not a lot of either floating around - but thanks to the internet, most of us get BOTH from there.
You may not think about this with the Federalist and Victorian houses, but Hudson is an Internet City - it's where a large chunk of income comes from.
That, and gravel pits.
From what I understand, many stores rely on web sales. I, myself, couldn't work here with out a high speed connection.
And, it looks like we're getting another internet company coming to town - so, we'll become even more internet-dependent.
More business will boost the sex and money quotient in Hudson - and people will be happier.
.....until they find something else to complain about....like the snow.....
Oh yeah, Hedda Lettuce is coming to Stageworks this weekend, I totally forgot to mention that! See the link above!