— I am so damn thrilled that “Don’t Get Caught in a Bad Hotel
" has gone viral
. My mom
sent me a link to it today. Granted, my Ma is super queer-supportive and comes from a fairly long line of working-class union members and/or organizers. But still. She’s a straight woman in her sixties with “a good union job” (her description), and this video and article were sent to her by a friend of hers, another straight woman in her sixties with a good union job. And they both think it’s wonderful and are telling friends to boycott the hotels on the list.
It just really warms my heart that this organizing is reaching beyond the young, queer, and hip bubble. When I first saw “Bad Hotel”, the creativity and fun behind the protest made me really happy. And, honestly, I also had this moment of “But will this speak to folks who aren’t scrappy activist twentysomething queers? Will it reach queer folks — especially older queer folks — who actually have the economic resources to stay at nice hotels for Pride? Will it reach older straight folks who will talk to their gay friends about it?” If my mom’s email to me is any indication, it looks like it has. And that is a beautiful thing.