Reaching acceptance from family and others is a difficult journey for LGBTQ people. We long to be accepted and celebrated by those closest to us, and just as we’re ready to step out into the light, we’re all too often met by misunderstanding and rejection. Though this is sometimes the end of the story, more often it’s simply the first step in a longer journey out of rejection and toward acceptance.
In Elise Forier Edie’s “The Pink Unicorn,” Trish, a recent widow raising her 14 year old daughter in a small, conservative Texas town, reacts to her coming out as gender queer with words that are all too familiar to LGBTQ people:
I hate diversity. I know that sounds infantile and unevolved but I simply do not want to love them who are different from me. Them with different sexual preferences, them with different skin colors, them with different beliefs, it don’t matter. Because no matter what, when I’m with one of them I feel like I’m gonna do something wrong. Or they’re gonna do something wrong. And that’s a nasty feeling and I don’t like it.
But take heart: this isn’t the end of the story! This is but the beginning of Trish’s journey to adapt and to understand her child, their new reality, and the wider world of transgender people and issues beyond. Like many parents, she has no frame of reference for this mass of new information. How can she possibly be forced to choose sides?
Come to Carnegie Stage to see how the story ends, at off the WALL productions’ staging of “The Pink Unicorn”! Shows are from May 18-20 at 8:00 pm, and on May 21 at 3:00 pm. In the words of ‘Burgh Vivant, “The Pink Unicorn” is a treatise on love, religion and human sexuality, but it is also side-splittingly funny.”
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