We’re here. We’re queer. Get used to it.   Leave a comment


If I haven’t said it before, I say it now, I am a queer woman. I know it has been quite some time since I have posted. School and work can do that. I am taking a speechwriting class this semester and I wanted to share a speech that I wrote for Margaret Cho who is the speaker of a dedication for the queer area in the GLBT History Museum in California. Keep in mind this was an assignment for school.  Thank you goes out to the museum for displaying our history. Enjoy!!!

Introduction for Margaret Cho

I don’t think I, Danelle

could ever

give a proper introduction

for this woman.

She is a beautiful,

drop dead diva,

comedian,

actress,

lover of humanity,

I say that in the spiritual sense (Looks at Margaret)

sweetie

and political activist.

I give you my old,

old,

old friend,

M.C.

 

We are gathered here today

to bless these two in holy mat,

wait a second.

What the *Bleep*.

Hey, who wrote this *Bleep*?

Sounds like I’m marrying a couple.

Do you lesbian number one

take lesbian number two

to have

and to hold,

blah,

blah,

blah.

Ok, sorry wrong speech.

*Bleep*.

I hope my dog didn’t eat (Shuffle papers, whispers)

my *Bleep* speech again.

Oh, wait!

I Got it!

Do over.

Let’s try this one on for size shall we.

Good morning,

What a great honor for me and thank you for joining us at the GLBT History Museum. On this bright and sunny morning we are here to dedicate the First GLBT History Museum’s Permanent exhibit of Queers in the United States on this day, April 17, 2011.

The GLBT History Museum’s presentation will incorporate

a gallery specifically on the Queer population

and its history.

That’s right.

We have history!

The museum will feature

two debut exhibitions.

In the main gallery,

you will find Our Vast Queer Past

Celebrating San Francisco’s

GLBT History.

Curated by historians

Gerard Koskovich,

Don Romesburg and

Amy Sueyoshi.

In the front gallery,

you’ll find great collections

of the GLBT Historical Society’s

Archive.

We are here to honor our community

and the GLBT Historical Society’s 25th anniversary,

the curators of Our Vast Queer Past

who burrowed into every corner

of the society’s extraordinary archives.

We are here to show respect

and acceptance as we dedicate

this section of this museum as our very own.

It is a commemorative event

not only to Queers, (Point to audience)

straights,

lesbians,

bisexuals,

gays,

transgenders

and those questioning.

It is for everyone.

Did I forget anybody?

Anywayyyy.

For those who don’t know me,

hello bitches.

I’m Margaret Cho,

nice to meet’cha.

I am the Korean American fag-hag,  (Point to self)

girl comic,

trash talker

and I am a biological female.

In layman’s terms

I was born a girl.

I’ll let you in on a little secret,

I am

and always will be

in love with men,

women or whatever. 

It’s not what’s between a person legs

that matters to me.

That’s how I got the label queer.

After having gay boyfriends for many years (Slow down)

finally I have a straight husband,

boyfriend

and lover all in one.

After having lesbian girlfriends

and lovers thrown in the mix,

I am Queer.

I’m not a lesbian anymore.

Which is a shame.

Because I am soooo good at softball. (Pause)

Fran Lebowitz once said,

“Girls who put out are tramps.

Girls who don’t are ladies.

This is,

however,

a rather archaic usage of the word.

Should one of you boys happen upon a girl

who doesn’t put out,

do not jump to the conclusion

that you have found a lady.

What you have probably found is a Lesbian.”

I am not the first avowed queer woman

and I won’t be the last.

I have always tried to make a difference

promoting equal rights for all,

regardless of sexual orientation

or identity.

This museum has joined me

in the fight.

Our struggles,

pain

and tears can be seen in the exhibition.

It begins with a rainbow view

of nearly a century of queer experiences

in the San Francisco Bay Area.

You will be consumed

by multiple stories,

sometimes interweaving,

sometimes isolated,

sometimes in battle.

What will you find? (Pause)

Motifs based on being human.

The first is the search for companionship

and pleasure.

The second is the struggle

for self-determination

and respect in an often hostile society.

The third is the value of individual

and collective expression.

And the fourth is the spirit,

ingenuity

and wit that have been keys to our survival.

But, really why are we here?

Society is slowly learning to be more diverse.

Back in the day,

you see I was a lesbian

and very proud.

I can remember the moments

of being a lesbian.

First, I can recall the memories

of a woman touching me,

sensually.

Second, the curves of a woman’s body,

her scent,

lips

and eyes would always beckon me.

Yes,

I do understand the meaning

of being a lesbian.

And third,

being with a woman

was one of the most spiritual experiences

that I had ever known.

As I close my eyes,

at this very moment,

I can envision the women

who were a part of my life.

Not only emotionally but,

physically,

mentally

and spiritually.

I can tell you that each woman had

their own inner essence.

Each touched my heart.

But,

with time comes change and well,

people change.

I was a lesbian.

And then bisexual

and now presently considered a queer.

I’ve have such a wealth of sexual experience.

I’m always going to be queer.

Why you ask?

Because, I follow my heart.

I married a bio man. (Speed up)

I kinda wanted to get married

and I looked at husbands

like I looked at tattoos.

Like I WANT  one

but I can’t decide on WHAT,

and I don’t want to be STUCK with something that

I am going to grow to hate.

I have come to realize

that there is a difference between genders.

Straight men are so simple.

All they need are beer

and boobs

and Buffalo wings.

Oh yeah,

and straight men

don’t want to go shopping,

ever.

Men,

women,

transpeople,

bisexuals

etc. are all people to be respected,

just people,

just different.

Just as we each have

our own hearts,

minds

and souls.

Let’s talk about our dilemma

that has to do with diversity

in our world.

Do you think our society

is ready for the next gender identity?

I know we are willing to try.

To learn more about what queer really means.

Queer in today’s society

is considered similar to

the features of the GLBT group.

Yes

and

no but,

no cigar.

We are our own breed.

Once again,

society is slowly learning diversity.

We as a society (Look around)

need to open our minds

to the unknown.

To open our hearts.

To open our acceptance level.

We all want the same rights (Point up)

and freedoms.

Because we all know

that once we face the unknown,

it is not that scary anymore. 

I was partially raised by my parents,

and partially grew up cradled

within the gay community

by a motley crew of gay men

and drag queens.

I grew up in the 80s

and 90s,

and I worked a lot

as an AIDS activist

when I was very young.

So it’s something

I always knew I would do.

It’s just inherent to who I am.

My identity is

rooted in my activism.

Y’know,

I’m queer,

I’m a woman of color

and I’m very progressive politically.

I hope to one day

leave my mark on this world,

we call home.  

Today marks a day for learning. (Slow down)

Learning from the past

that will give us strength

for our future battles.

As we look at the past within these walls,

it reminds us we still have far to go.

Presently, legislation is pending

in both the House

and Senate

for our community.

Gays and lesbians

have been struck hard

and need Congress

to Repeal the Defense of Marriage Act,

Respect for Marriage Act H.R. 3567

which denies legally married lesbian

and gay couples

more than 1,000 federal protections.

These are basic protections

such as access to Social Security benefits

and the right to care for an ailing spouse

under the Family and Medical Leave Act.

With six states

either providing

or soon to provide marriage benefits

to same-sex couples,

it’s time for Congress

to repeal DOMA.

To treat all married couples equally.

D.O.M.A.,

which was signed into law

by former President Bill Clinton in 1996

has two key components

against the GLBT community.

Section 2 stipulates

that no state need recognize

legal civil marriages

between persons of the same sex.

Even if the marriage was recognized

in another state.

Section 3 prohibits

the federal government

from recognizing same-sex marriages

for any purpose.

Excluding these couples

from all federal benefits and protections.

Whether granted by statue,

regulation

or sub-regulatory decision.

It effectively bars federal benefits

from flowing to same-sex couples

in state recognized unions.

These are unequal

and unfair laws.

We all deserve the same rights

don’t we?

As the GLBT community

struggles it also strengthens.

As gay and lesbians are fighting

for their rights,

we as queer individuals fight for ours.

Their fights are our fights.

If you are a woman,

if you are a person of color,

if you are gay,

lesbian,

bisexual,

transgender,

if you are a person of size,

if you are person of intelligence,

if you are a person of integrity,

then you are considered

a minority in this world.

As we come together today

as a united front,

we will experience life

as never before seen.

With all my heart,

please join me

with great pleasure

in opening the doors.

The doors of enlightenment

for all the world to see.

A queer world.

My world.

Our world.

This exhibit reminds us all

that just because you are blind,

and unable to see my beauty

doesn’t mean it does not exist.

I want each of you to remember these words. Love is the big booming beat which covers up the noise of hate.

Thank you all for making history with me. (Put hands together and bow).

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