This morning a friend messaged me on Facebook. "I name-checked you in a thread," he said. It was about Conchita Wurst, the bearded Austrian drag queen. There was a guy in the thread who was talking about how women shouldn't have beards, that he found them unattractive.
It was just the way he wrote it. As if his opinion mattered to the rest of the whole-wide-world, as if it dictated reason. As if someone different should crawl into a hole and stay there pending the world's approval.
I wrote BEARDED LADY for people who feel different. And really, that's all of us.