Alienation is common for the queer most of the year. However, around the holiday season, it becomes more apparent. Aside from the fact that it's commonly celebrated as a Christian holiday and in the process admonishing and excluding queer-kind, the whole feel of the holiday season is not exactly queer friendly.
For some queers, visiting family for the holidays isn't an option as their family has disowned them for being a queer. For other, such as myself, the holidays mean phony smiles, shallow conversations, too much television watching and doing anything to avoid the 'g-word.' They send out Christmas letters, saying who has had kids, weddings or engagements this year. For me, they just acknowledge that I'm "happy in Portland, OR." Being good Catholics, my family goes to church and probably prays for my soul while I sleep in, not willing to pay lip-service to an institution which would just as soon burn me at the stake.
For anyone else out there that feels alienated, Queer Revolution is hosting a get-together at In Other Words Women's Books and Resources on December 26th at 6 pm. We will be watching John Waters' Female Trouble and discussing our feelings on the isolation that so commonly accompanies Christmas or the other holidays.
In Other Words Books is located at 3734 SE Hawthorne Blvd,.Portland, OR 97214, Tel: 503-232-6003.
Here's the imdb.com description of Female Trouble:
The life and times of Dawn Davenport, showing her progress from loving schoolgirl to crazed mass murderer - all of which stems from her parents' refusal to buy her cha-cha heels for Christmas. She runs away from home, is raped, becomes a single mother, criminal and glamorous model before her inevitable rendezvous with the electric chair.
Hope to see you there!