LGBT member, just trying to make a difference.
There is no better feeling then to have the intention of conquering the new year with new love, new promises, and new friendships. Whether it's starting back at the gym, swearing off sodas, getting that job promotion, or leaving the past and bad juju vibes in the dust- we all intend to keep our promise to ourselves of "new year, new me". Sometimes, to prevail in such tasks, we as humans are required to do something scary- maybe even CRAZY; which of course is to accept and overcome change. Yet, every year, it seems like many people refrain from even combing the intentions of their "newly polished" but old and worn out bucket list because it requires a little more effort then they're comfortable putting forth; making "new year, new me" the ghost of Christmas past.
I Conducted My Own Social Experiment
"How would you describe what you thought someone in the lesbian community looked like?" Do you picture an array of women with short hair? Exploiting their neck tattoos, dressed in typical men apparel — even categorizing lesbians by weight, saying that "most lesbians are bigger." As a victim of a closed-minded small town, these stereotypes eat up the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) community, leaving the common stamp in people's minds that when someone is gay, they have the "look." Having short hair here in Bardstown, labeled the "Most Beautiful Small Town In America," equals the equivalent of tattooing "I'm gay" on your forehead—and I would know, because I decided to conduct and observe my own social experiment after altering my physical appearance from "Dyke" to "Fem."