UPDATE: The Capleton show scheduled for this weekend at the Kinetic Playground has been canceled. I’ll have more on this, and on reaction to it, tomorrow.
This past weekend, a young friend of mine posted this status on Facebook: “I think I’m gay.”
The announcement made me both proud and sad.
No, my young friend was not actually coming out of the closet, or even so much as doubting her sexuality. It was, instead, a gesture of solidarity, a nod to the fact that, in the last month alone in the U.S., there have been headlines around five different suicides by young queers, all victims of bullying.
I was proud of her, not so much for her courage but for her compassion. And sad not just because of these senseless deaths but because, in the hours that followed her status update, her Facebook page – usually a hive of activity – was deadly silent.
Were her friends left speechless that it might be true? And what if in fact that was the case? Would it make a difference to them?