How To Give A (Gay) Graduation Speech About AIDS, Free Speech & Feminism
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UC Berkeley Graduates
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Last month, on December 18th at 10:30 a.m., I stood on the podium at Haas Pavilion, looked at thousands of people and gave UC Berkeley's Winter Commencement Speech. I wasn't a alt-right "Dangerous Faggot," like college drop-out Milo Yiannopoulos but a nice, left leaning, bookish one and I felt terrified. Other queer people had given commencement speeches (Ellen DeGeneres and John Waters and Oregon Governor Kate Brown). However, none of them were graduating students or had spoken about being personally subjected to gay-to-straight therapy or the AIDS epidemic.
After I'd finished and stepped away from the podium, I knew why politicians, authors and activists were eager to do what everyone else in the world feared. For me, giving the commencement speech was more than an amplified selfie. It was alchemy. My personal his-story merged into a general our-story and this melding of the personal with the political became an exper
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