We enjoy the Mardi Gras parade and appreciate the Merry Widows Society of Nevada City and all their contributions. I wrote about their efforts to raise scholarship money to assist single parents who are going to college.
Now this group has an ideal opportunity to help mend fences in our town.
The Union cartoonist RL Crabb describes the recent flap in his own words: “I recently got called out for sharing a meme on Facebook, not something I created, but something that struck me as humorous. It was a photo of a police officer struggling with how to describe a suspect who is a gender-fluid male who identifies as a female but considers her species to be a mountain panda.”
“The comments that followed were aimed at the species aspect, and a few that wondered how such gender cases would be handled in the real world. There wasn’t anything I would call trans-bashing.
“But Adela Wilcox did take offense, even though I tried in my feeble mansplaining way that my profession was contingent on pointing out the absurdity of the human condition, and that this meme seemed to fit the bill.”
Here’s a thought: The Merry Widows could invite our local LGBT groups to march with them in the Mardi Gras parade on February 17. It would be a wonderful show of unity and a real highlight of the festivities. I would be happy to make a generous donation to support that effort.