Today, Jim schools me.
No better way to state it.
I learn about SOGIE.
That’s sexual orientation, gender identity and expression. Now, there’s no great revelation having two fairly straight, completely white dudes discuss things entirely outside of their expertise or experience. However, what you have here are two fairly straight, completely white dudes who are NOT…as you know if you’ve listened in the past or know either/both of us…stereotypically defensive, hyper-masculine, closed-minded, dogmatically-handcuffed straight white dudes.
Point is, you should listen…and if you have a relevant experience set from a marginalized/oppressed community, please comment. Hell, I’d love to talk with you. This is about growth, about learning, about relationship, about waking up and doing something to ensure inclusion and equality. Really, if you feel compelled to speak, I’d love to sit down with you.
I also learn about Gregory.
Only my wife has been able to communicate with me about my tendency to lecture and preach. It’s not easy to share insights with another person if that other person is not ready to hear those insights. Also, it’s impossible to effectively communicate those insights if one is not coming from a place of loving kindness.
Well, Driven2Drink is a safe space for me, and Jim is a friend and guru of sorts in my life.
When I lecture and/or preach…the message only reaches a tiny choir, alienates a large group of people I honestly don’t want to alienate, and demeans others. I really don’t dig on demeaning people.
I am superior to no person. Inferior to no person.
It’s a falsehood from the jump, particularly if one’s path is toward inclusion and equality.
I know, in the past, I’ve come off as a hyper-intellectual, social justice warrior bully with a superiority complex. I’ll likely do it again. (I’ll try not to, though. I’m working on it. On me.)
However, you may call me on all of that bullshit…because that’s all it is. A cow patty in the middle of a verdant field of possible truth…and I step in it entirely too often.
Anyway, please sit for a spell, or go for a nice hike or jog with us plugged into your ears, and listen.
We present to you, “Château Cishet (LlewDellyn 1.3).”