Happy Holidays?

It’s the holiday season and that can bring up all kinds of depressing, I mean cheerful feelings, right?  Exactly.  Holiday season can be complicated for us.

During Halloween weekend, at a gay bar I let out a loud “noooooo!” when I saw three white men, all at the same time, in the following costumes: a Native American man with a headdress, a blue avatar, and Antoine Dodson the Bed Intruder Hero.  Thank goodness I didn’t see any blackface!  (Seven Racist Costumes To Avoid This Halloween)

Diwali is coming up soon and some of us are possibly going to have to be on our straightest, I mean bestest (there it goes again!), behavior for our families and/or the other desi families.

Furthermore, with Thanksgiving coming along, I cringed when the ESL (English as a Second Language) Teacher took a deep breath to explain Christopher Columbus, Thanksgiving and that lovely piece of history to the adult immigrants in her ESL class that I volunteer for.

What were y’all’s experiences during Halloween and your other favorite or less favorite holidays? Any reports back from the Jai Ho(rror) party in Chicago?  Did you find solace at a gay bar for Halloween?  Or did you, like me, find racist costumes?

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Anurag is a queer, feminist, social worker-to-be. Currently residing in the cornfields of Illinois.  Fierce, emotional and reclaiming the brown-ness. 

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