At the end of May I had the opportunity to sit down with Jack D’Aurora and John Gonzales of the Lawyer Up! podcast. Frankly, I have to say I was rather apprehensive at first…I was fully unsure of how a conversation about the LGBTQIA+ community would go with two heterosexual, cis-gender, white (from first glance) men. And while the conversation, for me, was sometimes tense it was in all a wonderful opportunity to share information about the LGBTQIA+ community with a set of individuals, and their listeners, who may not have the space for constructive and educational conversation on a subject matter that is foreign to them.
“Why is it that some number of people want to deprive members of the LGBTQ community of the fundamental rights that everyone else enjoys? What’s so hard about recognizing the humanity of the LGBTQ community? Listen to Densil Porteous, executive director of Stonewall Columbus, talk about how he uses grace and patience to help people move beyond the social constructs they’ve learned and his efforts to change the hearts of those who think the LGBTQ community should be treated differently.”