Perhaps because my book is coming out in a few months and so I’m feeling a little more stressed than usual, I’ve been having some unsettling dreams. In addition to being a writer, I am also a licensed massage therapist. The other night I dreamt that a real life client of mine named Paul came over for a session. He pulled off all of his clothes, started to hop up on the table and then stopped. He stood before me naked and said, “I just want to thank you for never once, in all the times you’ve massaged me, ever making an issue out of the fact that I am transgender.
I want to make it clear that I would not find it at all unsettling to massage a transgender person. I did however find the dream unsettling because Paul isn’t transgender. In the dream I became confused. Was this man who I have seen naked multiple times actually born female? Or was Paul just messing with me. I wasn’t sure but I was leaning toward the later explanation.
The dream reminded me of other dreams I’ve had, like when you show up at a party and you’re suddenly aware you’ve gone to the wrong place and you panic because you’re lost and you don’t know how to get to where you really belong. And then, if you’re me, you realize you forgot to wear any pants.
And you wake up. Thank God. And it was all just a bad dream.
Only sometimes it’s not a dream. Sometimes, something terrible has really happened.
On Friday night Constance McMillen– the high school girl from Mississippi who has gotten so much attention for wanting to take her girlfriend to the prom– arrived at the event to discover there were only a few other students in attendance.
The rumors that this event was created to keep Constance from attending the “real prom” have not been confirmed. But as far as I see it there are only two possibilities.
Either Constance was at the real prom but no one else would go because there was going to be a lesbian there.
There was a real prom some place else that Constance wasn’t told about because she’s a lesbian.
I’m not sure which explanation I find more despicable.
I’ll leave it up to you. Feel free to weigh in.
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