Monday, June 13, 2011
What's up with the "archlesbian" thing?
So here's the deal: This year Pride Day in L.A. fell on Pentecost ... and since all our bishops were already booked and I was the best we could do for the wave-at-the-crowd person we decided to have some fun -- ergo the "Archlesbian" sign.
Now, of course I'm not actually "an archlesbian" ... much less THE Archlesbian.
But it's kind of a Genesis 50:20 thing. ("they meant it for harm but God meant it for good") It's a title I've been given over the years in some of the uber-conservative blogs and it pretty much stuck. In fact, a few years ago one of the more conservative rectors in the diocese and I found ourselves arguing on the same side of some issue ... I forget what it was at the moment. And he made the point at the microphone that who ever thought they'd see him up agreeing with the Archlesbian?
And then last month at our clergy conference -- when I had my hand up to comment on something or the other -- Bishop Bruno called on me as ... you guessed it. "Let's hear from the Archlesbian." So there you have it. That's about as official as you get in archlesbian land.
And so ... as noted above ... when we couldn't get a bishop for Pride this year since they were all booked for Pentecost we decided to go with the Archlesbian thing. And it turned out to be a great choice.
As we drove down Santa Monica Boulevard past the estimated 400,000 people gathered along the parade route it was pretty amazing to see the faces light up ... to actually hear folks reading the sign out-loud and then laughing ... clapping ... waving ... giving us a "shout out."
Next year I hope we'll have one of our bishops riding again ... and a bigger turnout since we won't be competing with Pentecost. But at the end of the day we accomplished what we set out to do: show up and make God's love tangible to the LGBT community. And from this archlesbian's perspective, that's a day's work very well done indeed!