Apr. 6th, 2017

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So, at first I thought I didn't have any thinks about the news that Barry Manilow had come out.  I mean, beyond thinking "not surprised, really."  

But then I started seeing all the people wondering why he waited, what the big deal was, and the "he thought it was a secret?" snark. And I realized I did have some thinks after all.

And they were this:  I'm old enough to remember when it was a big deal.  When rumors about your sexuality could damage a career, and coming out was the bravest, scariest thing a performer (or a businessperson) could do,  And Barry's older than I am, so he was already IN the business when all this was happening: he probably saw it firsthand, at the very time when he was falling in love, coming to terms with who he was falling in love with.

You internalize that shit, same as we internalize all discrimination, are constantly aware of the penalty for being different.  And yeah, he's been cautious and closeted because that was what he felt he had to do.

And now - in a time when all the gains we've made over the years to protect those who aren't heteronormative are being threatened, both legally and personally - he chooses to come out.  When there is nothing personal for him to gain - but maybe something for some of his fans to think about.

And my thinks are: you go, Barry.  Thank you. And a belated congrats on your marriage.



(for those wondering about the title of this post: Manilow started out as a jingle writer.  Including the still-famous State Farm ad referenced above.  His "very strange medley" is still one my my favorite of his concert bits)
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originally published at http://www.lauraannegilman.net/my-2017-norwescon-schedule-april-14-15/



 If it's spring, it must be time to head south - to SeaTac and Norwescon, anyway.

Due to other obligations, I will only be there Friday and Saturday, but they managed to book me up pretty well within those limitations.  And if I'm not on a panel, historical precedent suggests I'll be in the bar... stop by and say hi!

 

Friday:

Worldbuilding: Coin of the Realm
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Laura Anne Gilman (M), Nancy Kress, Renee Stern, Wendy N. Wagner

Inclusive Voices in Horror
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Crystal Connor (M), Laura Anne Gilman, Julie McGalliard

How to Tackle a Revision
9:00pm - 10:00pm
Laura Anne Gilman (M), Jude-Marie Green, Jak Koke, Andrea Howe

Saturday

The Fine Art of Description
10:00am - 11:00am
Laura Anne Gilman (M), Renee Stern, Peter Orullian, Tegan Moore, Kay Kenyon

Reading:Laura Anne Gilman
2:30pm - 3:00pm

Autograph Session 2
3:00pm - 4:00pm @ Grand 2
Catska Ench, Cory Ench, Ethan Siegel, Ian McDonald, Marc Gascoigne, Mike Underwood, Nancy Kress, Alexander James Adams, Cat Rambo, Dale Ivan Smith, Erik Scott de Bie, Evan J. Peterson, Jeremy Zimmerman, John (J.A.) Pitts, Jude-Marie Green, Kristi Charish, Laura Anne Gilman, Liz Argall, Django Wexler, Frog Jones, Raven J. Demers, Spencer Ellsworth, Susan R. Matthews, Morgue Anne, Brenda Cooper, Lisa Mantchev, Bella la Blanc, Mark Teppo, Claudia Casper, Susan diRende, Kristy Acevedo

Koffee Klatsch: Laura Anne Gilman
4:00pm - 5:00pm @ Pro Suite

Check your Writer Privilege
9:00pm - 10:00pm
Jason Vanhee (M), J. F. High, Jude-Marie Green, Laura Anne Gilman

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