||[May. 3rd, 2004|08:50 pm]
We were just sitting down to dinner when the phone rang. As soon as I picked it up, I knew it was a solicitation call, but now that the insurance and credit card companies aren't calling I am a little more patient.
The call was from GLAAD, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. Before a polite pause let me explain that I was already an HRC member, the woman had pointed out that this year has been particularly vitriolic and that they were on a special campaign to combat against it and increased membership was an excellent way of showing strength in numbers, and would I please consider joining?
I agreed to join at the Family level, a fact that solicited so much ebullience that I suspect it had been a rather dry night for her. I gave her all the necessary information, and at the end of that she asked, "Since you joined at the family level, may I assume you have a partner whose name we could also add to the membership."
"Yes," I responded.
"Great, and what is her name?"
I giggled. "His, actually."
I heard her gasp. "Oh my gawd, I shouldn't assume! I'm sorry!"
I was laughing, and Ferrett called out, "Does that mean we're out of the club?"
"Not if he shaves his legs," she quipped, obviously recovered from the moment by the fact that we were amused.
I was both amused by her assumption and made a little sad to think that it seemed only natural to her that anyone willing to support the alliance would be gay. If you have a few extra sheckels, consider joining or making a donation. And if you're straight, be sure to let them know that you stand with them. Because right is right.