Five Star Friday's 260th Edition Is Brought to You By Mary McCarthy

This week's Five Star Friday is brought to you by the mixed feelings about getting hitched (again), the judgement of poor people, acceptance, and

Mary McCarthy

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photo credit: Dick DeMarsico, World Telegram staff photographer,

Library of Congress. New York World-Telegram & Sun Collection

In violence, we forget who we are.
— Mary McCarthy

Happy Friday!

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Just Married

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Vikki Reich

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VillageQ

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…we cried in the parking lot because we were excited about the wedding but felt we shouldn't be, because we were happy but were happy before, because we wanted our friends and family there but felt that we couldn't expect it of them, because this was a wedding but we had both had weddings before so this one shouldn't matter.
But it did matter and we were both struggling to reconcile that fact with the commitments we’d made to our partners long ago. To embrace this wedding somehow felt like denying the validity of the ones we'd had before that had not been legally recognized.

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The Logic of Stupid Poor People

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Tressie McMillan Cottom

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tressiemc

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One thing I've learned is that one person's illogical belief is another person's survival skill. And nothing is more logical than trying to survive.

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Coming Out. Again and Again and Again.

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Pam Helberg

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Putting On My Big Girl Panties

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Eventually, I talked to enough people, had enough wine, ate enough dinner, spent enough time to re-inhabit my body. No one laughed at me. No one made fun of me for being a lesbian. In fact, just the opposite happened. I relaxed and opened up, and TLW and I danced. We danced together, alone, with strangers on the dance floor, and as we danced a funny thing happened: acceptance.

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