When I first asked what GAY, as in homosexual, stemmed from, I was told it was from some of the early Gay Rights marches in the USA, where marchers bore banners stating “Good As You”. It shocked me at the time and still does. Why on earth should someone have to march to declare they were as good as me? Of course they were. As a teenager in the 1960’s I was as prejudiced as the next man/woman because I’d been brought up that way – most of us were. I don’t know when my thinking changed but for many of us seeing how the black population had to fight for their rights led to a more realistic attitude to the world in general and to accepting our differences.
So this week’s Diva Challenge took me back to when I marched for Civil Rights; sang the songs; wrote the poems; joined the debate because:
This week (before the back pain) i was contacted by a very well spoken young man who sent me a really well written email.His name is Daniel, and he is 12 years old. Hello Daniel!Daniel told me that October 11th is National Coming Out Day. Daniel’s friend is gay, and so he wanted me to help him support his friend and to issue a challenge with a LGBT theme.Daniel says:
I think it would be a good way to further inspire tanglers and raise awareness if you considered a challenge to somehow put some aspect of LGBT in a tile. Perhaps using the colors of the rainbow, or using tangles that start with L, G, B, and T, or using those letters as a string?
Surely we don’t STILL need to raise awareness? Hasn’t the world moved on at all? Are we still the same closed minded, unthinking lumps we were before the world woke up to embrace our differences?
So I rushed to do this tile and it shows. I wanted to be first to say:
“Good as me? you better believe it.!”
Patterns used:Jessicup, Piza, Jalousie, Roscos, Paradox, Diva Dance, CBun and Heartrope.