Time needed: 10 minutes.
What it's about: Actor John Casey reflects on the last year from an LGBTQIA perspective, and looks forward to what's to come this year.
- Casey compares Covid-19 to the AIDS crisis in the 80's, with the term 'testing positive' being a death sentence then, and a potentially lethal phrase now. Do you see any other comparisons between the two epidemics? How are they they same, and how are they different?
- The article asserts that how this year plays out will determine whether 2020 actually 'beat us' or not. What are your hopes for the year on a personal, community, and national level? How will you determine whether 2020 'beat you'?
- What lessons do you hope we learned from 2020 from an equality perspective?
- Casey ends with the quote 'A bad performance haunts the audience like a nightmare for days and days, and the memory of it is only erased by a good performance.' Do you think we have the capacity to change 2021 into a 'good performance'? Why or why not?