Throughout my adult life, I've found myself thinking, If only I sounded straighter, the world would be my oyster. Or, less ambitiously, I would be knee-deep in men wanting to have sex with me, if only I didn't sound so gay.
Attention professional weather prognosticators, TV meteorologists, National Hurricane Center forecasters and anyone whose number one conversation topic centers around Fourth of July weekend atmospheric conditions. Yes, that includes this nation's grandpas.
These gentrified zones that we tend to migrate to as an "escape" don't need us as much as they need the incomes associated with us. However, there are cities and neighborhoods across this country that are desperate for the presence of strong and successful men and women of color.
Neither public servants nor clergy nor holy books nor heroes are infallible. Battling obscurantism does not mean we are saints of any kind. It means we will not accept a tyrant's bogus paradise, and are free to form our own words and images and make up our own minds.