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Re: “Heated Forum Leads Pride Center to Denounce 'Mister Sister' Name

With the condemnation of Mister Sister for it's perceived insensitivity to a certain segment of our community, I'll be expecting the Pride Center to also call out the "Pop-Up! Queer Dance Parties" for their blatant slamming of a different group. In defending their name, the producers of the QDP state, "... the word queer! offends some folks in the LGBTQ community..." Yup it does... But that didn't stop them from using it, did it?

When the QDP began I didnt demand that they change the name. I didnt start a campaign to get others to boycott. I didnt cry "those people dont like me." I decided not to attend. By including the word queer I felt it wouldn't be a comfortable space for me. Those who choose to embrace the word queer seem to be fine with using a word that many of my generation find objectionable, but find it incomprehensible how we could use a term they might not like.

In the original post about Oak 45 changing its mission, it was clear that he was going to aim to be a gay bar. Obviously the word gay means something different to some which is fine. And Mister Sister must mean something different to me. And thats fine, too.

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Posted by Bob Bolyard on 03/03/2017 at 8:39 AM

Re: “Planned Winooski Gay Bar Named 'Mister Sister' Creates Rift

"If language feels petty to you, think about the worst thing someone could call you and then imagine a person, who you thought was your comrade, calling you that AND telling you that "you give words too much power, thats what I am calling you from now on".

Yes, and that word is QUEER. And I've been told "get over it," "we're taking it back"... I may have learned to live with it, but I'm not over it. And that's why I don't participate in many events/activities aimed at the "queer" community.

I didnt demand that someone change the name of their activity. I didnt start a campaign to get others to boycott the events. I didnt cry those people dont like me. I decided not to attend or support those events. By including the word queer I felt it wouldnt be a comfortable space for me. Those who choose to embrace the word queer seem to be fine with using a word that many of my generation find objectionable, but find it incomprehensible how we could use a term they might not like.

And there might be people who wont feel comfortable going into a place called Mister Sister. Theres no way to please everyone.

From the start it's been billed as a "gay bar." Obviously the word gay means something different to you which is fine. And Mister Sister must mean something different to me. And thats fine, too.
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Posted by Bob Bolyard on 02/28/2017 at 2:20 PM

Re: “Markowitz Won't Run for Governor

Sorry to hear this.

Posted by Bob Bolyard on 06/11/2015 at 2:01 PM

Re: “Burlington's Bluebird Tavern Has Closed for Good

Always interesting to see which restaurant will be the first to close after your "7 Nights" guide hits the streets. Sorry to see that it's this one.

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Posted by Bob Bolyard on 05/04/2015 at 4:33 PM

Re: “Progressives Overtake Democrats on Burlington City Council

Sorry, Joan. While the Mayor won handily - the shift in the council negates a "mandate." Had a formidable candidate been his opposition, his margin would not have been as great.

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Posted by Bob Bolyard on 03/04/2015 at 11:52 AM

Re: “Eagles Landing Project Clears Final Legal Dispute

Wow- it looks like St. Paul Street is getting widened as well?

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Posted by Bob Bolyard on 03/02/2015 at 3:16 PM

Re: “Sanders, Leahy to Boycott Netanyahu Speech; Welch to Attend

I hope that they would also consider not attending the joint-session appearance by the Pope, as well.

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Posted by Bob Bolyard on 02/10/2015 at 1:08 PM

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