Sunday, April 20, 2008

Being a minority isn't always a bad thing

If you've ever been in the minority you've experienced that feeling of "one of these things doesn't belong with the others". I know first hand what it feels like. I've been the token Asian on many occasions and there are only two places in the world where I've felt my Asian/European heritage is completely accepted and understood (Hawaii and San Francisco).

Tonight I was a minority but it felt completely different. U. and I went to The Flying Leap Cafe in Silverlake for dinner, and when I looked around the restaurant I realized we were only one of two heterosexual couples in the entire restaurant. In fact, I only saw 2 other women - the waitress and another patron. There were older men, middle aged men, men in their 30's - you get the picture. ALL men.

When I mentioned it to U. afterwards; he hadn't even noticed. (He thought the two older men seated next to us were just old friends.) I noticed it because I'm usually in the minority for completely different reasons. I have no qualms about being in the company of gay men. In fact I love LA and living in a city with great diversity. I think it's good for all people to feel what it feels like to be a minority. We'd have less racism and more tolerance.

1 comment:

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