(Homo Sweet Homo contributors, from left to right, J. F. Lyles, Jillian Brandl, Melinda Scharstein, and Anjali Naik at the rally on Monday.)
MONDAY WAS BADASS
First, Fight for CofC, SONG, and the Women’s and Gender Studies Department put on a rally in support of the LGBTQ community and it was totally awesome.
(SONG member-leader Bri Sanders emceed the rally like a pro.)
Then, hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of people (perhaps amounting to thousands, possibly even billions) of people attended the two evening showings of the musical Fun Home. We laughed, we cried, we thought the actors featured were very attractive (except the kids, who were just incredibly brilliant).
And then, the NY Times and the Washington Post both published articles that highlighted the organizing that has been happening here in Charleston against the budget cuts and against Glenn McConnell’s appointment to the CofC presidency. The Times article quotes SONG Field Organizer J.F. Lyles saying “This is not about the money…This is about silencing queer people’s stories. This is about making an example out of two public universities that have fancied themselves independent.”
The Post article quotes SONG member-leader and Homo Sweet Homo contributor Bri Sanders on Glenn McConnell’s failed attempts to convince many in the CofC community that he is not a complete racist: “He said that he thinks people should educate themselves on the significance of reenactments and the Confederate history that he’s so passionate about,” she said. “It didn’t address our concerns. Ultimately, we feel the brand and the name of the college will be harmed.”
If only all Mondays could be full of such flamboyance and national press!