Several times we’ve had conversations about doing a journal reading – I was thinking just a circle of diarists would read to one another, not such a public event. But it turned out wonderfully. I read about 5-6 entries from my journals: the entry at age 12 when I first suspected I might be a “homo.” Disgust and terror. Then a reading from Sept 1981 when I knew I was pregnant and was seeking to get Bryn into the country. My feelings for men were SOOOO transparent! Then I read one from when Siân was in the hospital for her burn (and I saw a mouse, and I made fun of Kelsey’s name). I read one from when Siân was in fifth grade and experiencing teasing about having lesbians for moms. (She triumphantly called the teasers “Dickheads!!!”) And then I read one from the 1998 local nondiscrimination ordinance campaign in Ypsilanti and we feared a bomb had been left on the porch.
(Beth is about to begin a statewide campaign, in response to extreme rightwing agitating for a state constitutional amendment outlawing gay marriage and gutting partner benefits. The coalition group, with more than 40 organizations participating, is called Coalition for a Fair Michigan.)
The reading went fabulously well – much better than I could have expected. I was fearful that such a (mostly) young crowd would not be interested in what a secretary/mother/gardener/activist would have to say. However, they laughed, they cried – they were with me 100%. Tim told Gayle Rubin I was the best reader at the event.
But I didn't find out WHAT drives people to write online journals.