Recently my partner and I were having a discussion about being left-handed in a parochial school. Less than 30 years ago lefties were discriminated against, forced to use their right hand and often physically abused in an attempt to turn them into righties in Catholic schools. Ludacrious right??! So what was the origin of this discrimination. Well there are numerous references in many cultures equating left-handedness with evil, left-handed kids were told they were “of the devil”. The biblical references are obscure and minimal, yet a whole group was discriminated against and abused based upon these references. Do you see any correlation here? A few disputable and vague biblical references are used as the basis to discriminate against a group of people. See a correlation here? Can a lefty “choose” to be a righty? Of course not! Can “reparative therapy” (such as tying up the left hand, or being hit repeatedly on the left hand with a ruler) change a lefty to a righty? Preposterous! There is just as much science and evidence to support the inate nature of being right or left-handed as there is to the inate nature of being gay. Maybe some day future generations will look back and be horrified at the treatment and discrimination of gay people in the same way that we look back at the absurd discrimination of lefties in the not-so-distant past.
In my travels to hot spots around the country, at LGBT clubs and bars, I am asked by many, where is it safe? In fact, I have found a number of people around the country who hit on our website and are trying to find safe and comfortable, free feeling, LGBT locations outside of Provincetown, Massachusetts. Now, Lesbians and Gay men, and transgendered people who have traveled to comfortable places around the globe, all tell me the same thing, there’s no place that feels quite like Provincetown, Massachusetts. We’ve got to expand that natural feeling of “no place like home” to other spots around the globe, but not just nightspots, we need whole towns and communities.
Because we live and operate out of Massachusetts, everyone expects that when they log onto PTOWNWEST.COM they are going to find additional places, where they can kiss goodbye in public, hold hands and feel all around comfortable. My wife and I, since we got married in 2007 have been kissing goodbye and embracing in public where-ever and whenever we feel safe. So, I thought this would be a great blog we could all participate in. Where do you feel safe? To be really comfortable, it means we have be able to make those connections that are PDA’s – Public Displays of Affection that are warm, like holdings hands or hugging or kissing. I have felt safe being out “like a straight person” or a “straight couple” in just a few cities. Places where my wife and I have managed to pull this off and feel safe and comfortable include: Logan Airport, Boston,MA, Cambridge MA, Brookline, MA, Provincetown, MA, Northampton, MA, Broadway in NYC, Portsmouth, NH and Ogunquit, ME. Where else are you comfortable? Let us know so we can share it with others.
We look forward to working with you to claim a more friendly and loving world for all of us.