MONDAY WAS AWESOME

(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!

MONDAY IS ABOUT TO BE AWESOME

Ok pretty gay people, justice-hungry queermos, gender warriors of all stripes, uncategorizable unicorns, straight-but-not-narrows, etc.!

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Monday is gonna be awesome. First, you’re going to get that cute little butt of yours over to the College of Charleston Cougar Mall for the CofC LGBTQ Pride & Solidarity rally at high noon. This is yet another great opportunity for us to come together to support both academic freedom and the LGBTQ community on and off campus! If its anything like the Cut the Cuts rally a few weeks back, it’s gonna be awesome! 

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Then, endure the next several glorious hours of your one and only gay life until 7pm or 9pm, when you will brandish your TICKET (that you are going to buy RIGHT NOW because we don’t want to see you standing outside of the Memminger Auditorium crying and holding a wilted bouquet) to the one-night-only showing of the musical Fun Home. That’s right homos, the off-broadway production is COMING TO CHARLESTON! And as if that wasn’t awesome enough, Alison Bechdel will BE THERE YALL. It’s kind of like she’s on a blind date for justice with all of us. So starch your best bow tie and get ready for a night of the good kind of crying.

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[image: A person who gazes upon the camera as if they hold all the wisdom of the south with a magnificent mullet and denim/flannel shirt combination holds a sign that reads. “Cut the cuts. I came from the South Carolina Pines. I’m made of rust and blood stories and memories. I’m in love with the swamps and heat, handwriting and hiss, family dinners, and iron skillets. I am no straight. Love isn’t a lifestyle. Sharing stories is not a lifestyle. Read broader. Listen harder. Bigotry has no place in legislation.”]

[image: A person who gazes upon the camera as if they hold all the wisdom of the south with a magnificent mullet and denim/flannel shirt combination holds a sign that reads. “Cut the cuts. I came from the South Carolina Pines. I’m made of rust and blood stories and memories. I’m in love with the swamps and heat, handwriting and hiss, family dinners, and iron skillets. I am no straight. Love isn’t a lifestyle. Sharing stories is not a lifestyle. Read broader. Listen harder. Bigotry has no place in legislation.”]