My salon does quite a bit of promoting for Pride.Â It’s good for business and I think we only have one straight staffer so it’s kind of a big thing for us.Â Which means that today I was manning our booth while wearing Kurt’s ‘Born This Way’ shirt.
Apparently having ‘LIKES BOYS’ in giant letters across my torso was not enough to deter the lesbians.Â Every couple of minutes one of them would come up to me and talk about how great it is to see a lesbian in hairdressing.Â (It’s not really, I know at least as many lesbian hairdressers as I do gay men.)Â Normally I’m very polite about this.Â I’m used to educating and this sort of thing happens to all the cis guys in my family too so I don’t consider it a big deal.
Today I got frustrated.Â When a woman (who looked strikingly like Chaz Bono when he first came out) came up to me wearing a ‘dip me in honey and throw me to the lesbians’ and talking about how inspiring I was I immediately started calling her ‘sir’.Â Repeatedly.Â Even after she corrected me.Â I did that over and over and over again until finally one woman got frustrated and asked why I assumed she was a man.
“Why did you assume I’m a woman?”
She didn’t really have an answer for that.