Pride in the upside down

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Pride In the upside down Editors letter June 2020

Editor’s Letter

These days it feels like everything is upside down and backwards. Like we’re trying to do a jigsaw puzzle, and somebody put the wrong pieces in the box. Every day is the same; time is dragging but going so fast.

We do what we have always done, we soldier on! We haven’t gotten this far from back room alley bars with blacked out windows to marriage equality by crying in our drinks

Has there ever been a time when you felt more helpless? Even when someone dies, we can at least do something to honor the person, but with this pandemic we’ve got nothing. Almost. The one thing I and everyone else have been able to do is stay home. Never did I think that saying home would be the ultimate act of love and kindness.

June is supposed to be a time of pride. For many of us this is the season we look forward to all year. It’s when we get to show the world we are proud of who we are in all our fabulous glory. We are pride aficionados; we are the face of the LGBTQ community.

Though this year many of our Pride events have been postponed, we can’t throw in the towel. So what do we do? We do what we have always done, we soldier on! We haven’t gotten this far from back room alley bars with blacked out windows to marriage equality by crying in our drinks. No, we are better than that. We are warriors! And who wants a watered down drink?

Many of our Pride events have been postponed; but they are not cancelled, because you just can’t cancel our Pride! To find out which events have been rescheduled, read J.L. Gaynor’s article in this issue, Celebrating Pride In The Time of Covid-19.

As the country starts to open up, don’t trust it. DO NOT TRUST IT! People are anxious to get out there and start living their lives like before, but obviously living like before didn’t work, and because of that, many are dead. We have to be patient and watch and wait to see what happens.

The sad fact is, things cannot go back to what they were before, but who knows, maybe things will be better. Growing pains perhaps?

The most important event in our lives has not been cancelled or postponed, and that’s voting. In November, we will be voting. FOR OUR LIVES!! We might have to wear a hazmat suit, gloves, and a mask in order to go to the polls, and if we have to don that suit, then so be it.

If you can’t get to the polls you can use the link below to vote by mail. And while I am on the issue of voting, the next time someone says “What’s the harm in not voting, or voting third party, or worse, voting for Trump?” Pass them a pair of gloves and a surgical mask. That just might change their mind.

state.nj.us/state/elections/vote-by-mail.shtml

Sam Martino
Maria Sammartino (aka Sam Martino), is a writer and artist for over 15 years. Maria started at Out In Jersey as the news editor in 2009, and shortly thereafter became the Editor-In-Chief. She has been published in the Philadelphia Gay News, The International Journal of MS Care, and other publications. Maria goes by Sam Martino because she believes that women are never given a fair shot - and doesn’t want her art or her writing to be judged based on her sex, but on the merit of the work.