Friday, February 8, 2013

MBLGTACC Day 1 Recap

I've decided not to write any major opinion essays when I'm here because... well, because I'm kind of tired.  That's just how it goes.  And I need to get up early tomorrow so I can eat and hopefully hit the shuttle, as it was totally messed up today.  I already met some new people, which I hadn't expected to do until I at least got to the workshops tomorrow.

We wound up with some rental car trouble and the aforementioned bus shuttle problems, so we wound up at the conference a little after the opening statements started.  We did, however, get to see all of Emi Koyama, which was excellent!  I didn't really know what she was going to be talking about, but she made me think about a lot of things I hadn't really thought about before, revisit some things I have thought about before (the "It Gets Better" project, for example), and although I didn't agree with everything Koyama said, all in all she had a lot of very big, very important ideas I think the LGBT and Queer communities need to look into.  I took quite a few notes, so this is something I'll have to write about later.

I didn't go to any of the entertainment, for a few reasons... one of them was medical and not my issue, so I won't go into detail.  The other was because I wanted to go swimming and I haven't done that in a few years (I'm a lifeguard, I belong in the water!).  So me and a friend went back to our hotel, went swimming, and went out to eat (had the best sushi I've ever had, although to be fair I usually eat "tray sushi" from the supermarket so the bar is somewhat low) before coming back to the hotel.

Which is where I am now... in the dark, in the hotel room, my mini-laptop fired up and writing this update.  I'll write more about the actual content of MBLGTACC this year in the next couple days.