Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Do You Have To Pass The Queer Test To Go?

As I said in a previous post I am very excited about going to the BlogHer conference. I've really never been to a conference before. I've been to educational seminars with all their little breakout sessions but at the end of the day you were on your own. I didn't realize that BlogHer was so much more than just breakout session and learning how to improve your blog.

I suppose it's because BlogHer is a woman centered event that it's only natural that there would be so many opportunities to network and socialize. Being full of youthful enthusiasm I decided to sign up for almost EVERY party there is. Think "Audrey Hepburn" circa "Breakfast at Tiffany's". I'm just a party girl. Maybe even a Barbie girl in a Barbie World. I was going to be a regular party girl until I fell asleep per Eastern Standard Time. I felt that there was something to learn and much to learn about by going to each of the parties.

When going through the list of parties I saw the invitation to the Sweet & Out Loud Party! Hey, I'm sweet and I've been told I'm loud. Maybe I should sign up for that one too. With just a few clicks of the mouse and very little reading I was "IN" and not Out. The Party is scheduled for Friday July 24, 2009 at 8:30 PM at the Crimson Lounge in Hotel Sax. Heck they even told me that the party wouldn't be a party without me. How true. How true.

I went to bed that night and the next day began sending all the information that needed to be printed out for my trip to my husband so he could print them out all at the same time next week. Now I really began reading more about the parties I would be attending. I was trying to get an idea of what to wear and what I might learn at each of the parties.

It wasn't until the next morning that I realized that I was now entering the "Queerosphere." Stop right here. Before I go any further I want to say that this was a quandary for me. Did this mean that the party was only for GLBTQ? If so then I needed to let them know that I wasn't eligible. Could I come to the party if my nephew is Gay? He came out to the family a couple of years ago and I was there for him and let him know that he is always first and foremost loved. Could I go if I've had several Lesbian students in the past who tell me I'm the bestest teacher EVER? Does it sound trite if I said "I had a friend who is gay." Can my hair dresser who is "Out" testify as to my character?

Certainly there was no such things as a "Queer Test". Would they just let me go so I can meet new people and make new friends? Can I still enter for a chance to win a Sweet Cruise for my husband and I if the trip is being given away in the Queerosphere?

I need not have worried. Here's Sweet's policy on that: they sweetly welcome anyone who wants to be in a lesbian-centered environment for a week. I don't have any problems with that. Actually I'm a bit Sweet on the idea of a cruise.

Now a little more about the cruise:

Sweet Caribbean Cruise for Two: Value $4,598

Sweet, the lesbian travel company with a twist, is offering a balcony stateroom for two on our Caribbean Cruise, Nov. 8-15, 2009, aboard the Norwegian Spirit . Merging the best of lesbian travel with social and environmental awareness, Sweet aims to make the world a better place while having a blast in it.

The largest lesbian cruise ever will depart from New Orleans where we will pitch in with the post-Katrina relief effort by day and party on Bourbon Street by night. From New Orleans, we sail to gorgeous Costa Maya, Mexico, fabulous Belize City, Belize, scuba and snorkeling wonderland Roatan, Honduras, and stunning Cozumel, Mexico. For your entertainment, we're bringing Suzanne Westenhoefer, Erin Foley, Gloria Bigelow, Sandra Valls, Edie Carey and Jen Foster. We'll host off-the-hook Club Skirts (makers of the legendary Dinah Shore) tea dances, theme parties and events.

It includes all of your accommodations, port taxes, gratuities and fuel surcharges for our 7-night cruise. It does not include round trip transportation to New Orleans, lodging before or after the cruise, transportation to or from the port, specialty meals, alcohol or specialty beverages, spa treatments, shore excursions or other on-board expenditures

If you are going to BlogHer too don't forget to submit all of your entries using this form. You're not in until you've submitted each of your entries. If you've already submitted once and then score another entry, just submit a second form. Keep 'em coming.

It's official now because I received an email about the dress code for the event. So here's the message of the day:

"I'm attending the Queerosphere's Sweet & OUT Loud Party, and I'm entered to win a cruise for two from Sweet, a lesbian travel with a twist."

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