:: Thank you for using your gifts to benefit us all. I listened to your interview with Alia Shawkat, mostly because I just saw her on Transparent, and from beginning to end you blew me away!
:: I'm nervous writing this because I want it to be as beautifully written as your podcast was produced. I'll settle for honoring you and hoping that it encourages others to listen. :: You said "stumble with me" while correcting Alia who described your wife as a lady. You got in the ring with her, you did the opposite of shaming, you said we're in this together. You said "know that you didn't do anything wrong because you didn't know." And of course Alia was a gracious co-pilot while you together figured out the right words to show @rheabutcher all the love and respect that they deserve.
:: I have avoided uncomfortable conversations about gender and sexuality in my lifetime. I have rolled my eyes because it all felt like a game with constantly changing rules. A game where I was sure to hurt someone's feelings. I understand now that the avoidance was setting me up to hurt people's feelings, not the trying to understand. :: And then you spoke about clothing and boobs, two of my favorite topics! And you said "sexiness is what we're exuding to the world." And that could not have come at a better time for me so thank you. :: Thanks for showing me how to have complex, emotionally charged conversations with humor. Thank you for showing me how to admit I don't know with grace. Thank you for explaining that all of these topics (gender, identity, sexuality) are ever changing. No one has to pick just one and stick with it for the rest of their lives. :: I saw you host an independent circus in Chicago years ago and please don't read this as condescending because I know this phrase sometimes can sound that way but, I am so proud of you! It's been really fun watching your career since then.
:: I hope you're having a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend! :: Thanks again,