My name is Charlene deGuzman and I am a former sex worker.
I taught myself at a very young age that I must sexualize myself in order to be loved. I couldn’t help it - my father had centerfolds of naked women collaged on the walls of our garage and in every room of the house. (They were…
Trying to think of something to say about the whole Arizona anti-gay bill, and all I can think about is how the era of the White Christian being at the height of power is coming to an end, and that must be terrifying to them. So I get it, they see that their days are numbered and that’s scary. The world doesn’t reflect what they think it should be. I mean gays in Boy Scouts! And possibly the NFL! The country is changing and that is scary. Religion is becoming less relevant to people’s lives, but you know what? Everything will be okay. I’m a gay atheist and I don’t want to destroy their church or the “traditional family”. (Also, pretty sure it’s traditional for gay people to be in families, I’m in one myself! Hi Mom!). So all the histrionics are so weird to me. I just want to live my life with the same rights as every other American, and if you want to get in my way, I will do everything in my power to destroy you as will the increasing majority of Americans.
But just because you’re not number-one anymore doesn’t mean there’s not a place for you. Which brings me to Madonna! She still sells out tours even without having released relevant music for over a decade! Now imagine if Madonna wanted to pass a law where no one was allowed to buy Katy Perry or Beyonce albums because she felt threatened by them (as she should). We would all laugh at this silly woman with the scary arms! So I guess this metaphor makes the Bible “Vogue”? Something we danced to when we were younger but now look back and have a hard time believing we ever took it seriously. So White Christians, you can either join the VH1 Divas tour and be part of the culture or segregate yourself and fight with Lady Gaga. The choice is yours, we’re moving on with or without you.