Contemporary Expression

June is Pride Month – Time to Brush Up
June 2, 2006, 6:44 pm
Filed under: Coming Out, community building, Equality, LGBT History, Pride

Brush up
as published in Church Street Freeodm Press June 1, 2006 issue

I found out recently that the term “brush up” was a gardening term. It is a helpful skill. Rather than staking large tall plants such as tomatoes and dahlias and in order to get smaller plants up off the ground, the gardener will take brush twigs and stick them in the ground to then guide up or tie up the loose plant growings. This is called “brushing up”.

I’ve also looked through my collection of art brushes lately to see what of the most ancient of tools must finally be put aside. If you have looked at the price of good brushes lately you’ll know why this is a very hard task.

The brushing aside; the brushing up; giving the brush to a brush. It all seemed somehow important to share with you as we going into Pride month. Honestly, when is the last time you brushed up on your GLBT history? Living an artful life require a since of history and roots to build upon. As a community here in Nashville we are developing our own history as a honest and playful group of citizens ready to volunteer and serve and give back. No mater how old you are or from what direction you came to it, you’ll always remember your first Pride. Keep in mind that this year for many is that special year for them, if you have been around in Nashville over the past twenty years or so you need to find them and give them a since of history.

TEP’s Marriage Equality Project will have opportunities at their booth on June 3rd for couples to sit and tell their “how we met” stories. If you have a partner, come by and tell your story. If you are looking for a partner then a visit by the booth to hear these stories is a must.

There are good books out now of our national and world wide history. Go over to Outloud Books in Nashville this month and pick up a book that will help you brush up. Two of my favorite books that I recommend are: To Believe In Women, What Lesbians Have Done For America and Chloe Plus Olivia : An Anthology of Lesbian Literature from the 17th Century to the Present both by Lillian Faderman and Virtual Equality by Urvashi Viad.

The very act of brushing up in the garden allows the air to circulate around the plant and the support allows it to strengthen and grow taller. The allegory is obvious. In our pursuit of artful living, let’s remind each other of our history, let’s celebrate our future and hold each other up in the process.


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that’s a great photo of you two!

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