Guest Column: Lessons from the Campaign Trail

By : Peggy Green
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PeggyGreenHeadshotIn November 2013, St. Petersburg residents elected Darden Rice to the City Council. It was Rice’s third campaign. The landscape had changed since her first run in 2005, when she was the first openly gay candidate to seek office in St. Pete.

Eight years later, St. Petersburg has three gay council members, had taken huge steps toward LGBT equality, and saw its annual Pride celebration swell to record-breaking numbers.

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Viewpoint: A House of Cards, a House Divided and a House that is Always a Home

By : Peggy Green
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PeggyGreenHeadshotWhen Watermark Editor Steve Blanchard wrote in his Editor’s Desk [Issue 20.08] that he’d returned to St. Louis to visit his mom, he said what most people say of the place they were born-he said he’d gone home.

But “home” can be a loaded word for this queer tribe, with so many who carry feelings of unbelonging. Like the 40 years in the desert during which the “set apart” fanned out over the map, so LGBTs, like refugees from the “family of origin,” go off in search of that “family of choice.” And like those who never gave up on the promised land, we return to that house called home, where we know our place-or claim our place-and in that place, we wrestle with moving from silence to speech.

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