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Old 05-20-2018, 09:42 PM   #1
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Any Canadian Friends of Dorothy

Hi there, just found the friends of Dorothy posts on here. I'm located in eastern Ontario, Canada. Any Canadian Friends of Dorothy on here? It would be nice to meet and chat with with some gay Airstreamers... on either side of the border.
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Welcome! We are pretty far south of you but I know there are a few FODs up north.
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Hi there,

Welcome to the forums. Randy and I are out in Saskatchewan for the summers and in Arizona for the winters. If you are ever around either spot look us up.
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To me, an Airstreamer is an Airstreamer; not a religion, gender, or sexual orientation; it is a way of life, or recreation.

I just kinda wonder what kind of reaction would I get if I posted; "Hey, are there any straight Airstreamers out there, or any coloured Airstreamers out there?

Don't get me wrong, having a Friends of Dorothy thread is just fine with me, but I wonder who is on the wrong side of discrimination these days.

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To me, an Airstreamer is an Airstreamer; not a religion, gender, or sexual orientation; it is a way of life, or recreation.

I just kinda wonder what kind of reaction would I get if I posted; "Hey, are there any straight Airstreamers out there, or any coloured Airstreamers out there?

Don't get me wrong, having a Friends of Dorothy thread is just fine with me, but I wonder who is on the wrong side of discrimination these days.

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Actually, we've never had an event that didn't welcome everyone, and from the very first FoD rally in Eureka Springs we had mixed crowd... several years seemed like around 50/50 and a great time was had by all.

Do you wonder about discrimination if people have a rally focused on HAM radio that invites non-operators to attend? A Dutch-oven or BBQ rally? It's a shared interest/experience. I wouldn't attend an FoD rally that wasn't open to all, because I think it would be weird... but I don't think anyone I've met at the 6 I HAVE attended would ever think to hold such a rally anyway.

For the most part, my experience with the Airstream family has been what you describe. Airstreamers are Airstreamers. I'm sure there are a few people out there who'd like to know in advance that a particular rally was going to have a bunch of same-sex couples so they could choose to do something else that weekend, and that's fine too.
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Just making it clear; I'm not taking a wiz in anyone's Cornflakes.

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To me, an Airstreamer is an Airstreamer; not a religion, gender, or sexual orientation; it is a way of life, or recreation.

I just kinda wonder what kind of reaction would I get if I posted; "Hey, are there any straight Airstreamers out there, or any coloured Airstreamers out there?

Don't get me wrong, having a Friends of Dorothy thread is just fine with me, but I wonder who is on the wrong side of discrimination these days.

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Tony,

It's not about discrimination. It IS about a group of people who sometimes - not all the time, but sometimes – just want to be around people who are like them. Especially in this older, more conservative group of people known as Airstreamers, we don't always feel completely at ease. Right, wrong, or indifferent, that's how it is.

My husband and I go to rallies and camp with straight people all the time. Every once in a while (less often as time goes by) we've gotten the sidewise look when people realize we're a couple. Sometimes people clearly would rather not hang out with us. We're used to it. But sometimes we just don't want to deal with it. Sometimes we just want to be with people to whom we have to explain nothing; we just want to be able to hold each other's hands without thinking about what the others will think, or worse, say; we just want to be ourselves.

As a heterosexual Airstreamer, you never have to think about what others will think of you. Because you're not a member of a group often treated badly, I don't expect you to understand the world in which gay people live. But at least accept that maybe our desire to be with people like ourselves is not a bad thing, and respect our wishes.

Maybe if the whole thing makes you uncomfortable, just don't read the Friends of Dorothy threads that once in a blue moon appear on the portal?

Regardless, we would love to have you join us at a gay campground or a Friends of Dorothy rally.

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Tony,

It's not about discrimination. It IS about a group of people who sometimes - not all the time, but sometimes – just want to be around people who are like them. Especially in this older, more conservative group of people known as Airstreamers, we don't always feel completely at ease. Right, wrong, or indifferent, that's how it is.

My husband and I go to rallies and camp with straight people all the time. Every once in a while (less often as time goes by) we've gotten the sidewise look when people realize we're a couple. Sometimes people clearly would rather not hang out with us. We're used to it. But sometimes we just don't want to deal with it. Sometimes we just want to be with people to whom we have to explain nothing; we just want to be able to hold each other's hands without thinking about what the others will think, or worse, say; we just want to be ourselves.

As a heterosexual Airstreamer, you never have to think about what others will think of you. Because you're not a member of a group often treated badly, I don't expect you to understand the world in which gay people live. But at least accept that maybe our desire to be with people like ourselves is not a bad thing, and respect our wishes.

Maybe if the whole thing makes you uncomfortable, just don't read the Friends of Dorothy threads that once in a blue moon appear on the portal?

Regardless, we would love to have you join us at a gay campground or a Friends of Dorothy rally.

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The irony in your statement, is that in this day and age, a gay man is more likely to face violence and possible death from another gay man, than a straight man. Just recently a gay man in Toronto was accused of cutting up eight gay men, (with the police suspecting a lot more), and planting their remains in flower pots. Jeffery Dalmer was gay; the list goes on.

I am not trolling Friends of Dorothy, it just caught my eye in Portal and I just thought it to be, not inappropriate, as I do understand the context of the request, but in this day and age, maybe insensitive would be a better word.

Like I stated earlier, Airstreaming shouldn't be about religion, politics (God help me if I suggested an Airstream Trump rally ). or sexual orientation.

However, I do understand the context of the initial request wasn't made with malice or innuendo, it was genuine and earnest. I wish them all the best with Airstreaming and should we meet up one day, please don't hesitate to come over and shake my hand, one Airstreamer to another.

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Tony yes you are. Maybe not a full out whiz but just a little tinkle. If you have to defend what you say chances are you might not have said it in the first place.

And you know I'm not the only one thinking it.

Like me now, "just saying".
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Tony if I were you I would quit while you're not ahead but before you eat the whole shoe. Airstream Jim explained it very well.
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The irony in your statement, is that in this day and age, a gay man is more likely to face violence and possible death from another gay man, than a straight man. Just recently a gay man in Toronto was accused of cutting up eight gay men, (with the police suspecting a lot more), and planting their remains in flower pots. Jeffery Dalmer was gay; the list goes on.
Just to give the dead horse another kick...

I would love to live in the world where that was actually true. Recent Toronto killings, Jeffrey Dahmer, etc. notwithstanding, gay people are far more likely to suffer violence at the hands of intolerant, hateful straight people, than they are at the hands of psycho gay people.

You point out those killings because that's what you see on the news. What you don't see on the news are the everyday incidents of homophobia that continue to plague our community, in spite of the incredible gains we have made in North America (and as usual, Canada seems to be farther along than the US). That's the real world we live in.

And it's not about violence anyway. It's about a sense of comfort. It's not about worrying who's going to kill us, it's about feeling at ease being ourselves. Your whole argument about gay psycho killers is an extreme that has nothing to do with this subject.

I agree with Hittenstiehl...you were indeed looking to rain on the parade a bit. But it's ok...we're used to that. That's the exact reason why sometimes--SOMETIMES--we just want to be with people who aren't looking to rain on our parade. Not always, but sometimes.

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Discrimination takes many forms....try being a Republican, member of the NRA, conservative, Vietnam Veteran, and a practicing Computer Security dude in California. Talk about getting “sideways looks” during normal conversations. Then add a snarky sense of humor, and you know why I have ‘issues’ at times.

That said, note also that my dear brother, who is a “friend of Dorothy” since forever, gets even more “crap” about his attitudes. Sad and stupid—we are both decent people, and I am an Airstreamer...let’s talk Ham Radio, computers, whatever. We’re all human, and need to keep that on mind in our interactions with others. Be nice to one another...
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I think I understand what this is all about ....... But who is Dorothy?
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