Located in Boston, MA, The Theater Offensive’s mission is to form and present the diverse realities of queer lives in art so bold it breaks through personal isolation and political orthodoxy to help build an honest, progressive community.
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LGBTQ* Memorials, Plaques and History
Gay Holocaust Memorial in Berlin, Germany
Above is the short film footage played on a loop inside the Gay Holocaust Memorial in Berlin.
Opened in 2008 - the memorial recognizes the 55,000 men held in concentration camps for “crimes against the state” and “crimes against nature” (as stated in Germany’s Paragraph 175). It is approximated that 15,000 of these men were executed in the concentration camps.
When I was in Boston this weekend I took my friend to Copley Square because it has, in my experience, two of the most beautiful churches in the country. Outside of Old South Church (a United Church of Christ church), there was this sign. Big. And it was amazing how great I felt to see Trans on there. I imagine it would be the same for someone who was homeless or a recovering addict or bisexual or something else that people often judge you for - or who had an identity that has made other religious communities abandon you or shame you. It also wasn’t just listed with things that are “problems” or difficult. It was listed with Male and Female, with Nerd and Cool Kid… I just think this sign is so powerful and I wanted to share it with everyone.
I like the idea of a church saying directly and publicly “Hey you’re trans (and this and this and that) and you’re ‘beloved.’”
TTO is also located in Boston :)