What No Feedback On My Interview?

Anonymous's picture

Oh come on now guys, that was my very first interview! How about a little feedback. Did I sound okay? Too stiff? Too dopey?

I'm especially interested in your reaction to my remarks about HIV. Did they click? Did you hear the message? These are things I want to know because I will have more interviews (one hopes) and I want to learn as I go what things resonate, especially with teens and YA's, and what just fall like lead balloons.

So come on - make with the comments already!

Huggles.

Patrick

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Lol-taire's picture

I thought you interveiwed

I thought you interveiwed well and pitched the tone right, you didn't sound sanctimonious or condescending. It was very interesting to read.

patnelsonchilds's picture

Thanks for the feedback, and

Thanks for the feedback, and the praise. :)

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andyouwillknowmebythesoundofmyname's picture

convert the homophobes?

HOW DID YOU CONVERT THE HOMOPHOBES??!!?
I am desparate to hear some success stories!
Right now, I just give up on people who are afraid of gays, it's not worth my time to try and change their minds, but if you have actually gotten people to be more accepting, then maybe ther is hope.

I decided to take a peek in the closet.
What a suprise to find myself hiding inside!

patnelsonchilds's picture

I don't know if I would go

I don't know if I would go so far as to say I converted them, as in, they're gonna go out and join PFLAG. What I have succeeded in doing, just by being myself, being friendly to everyone, being open but not aggressive about letting my sexuality be known, is to make people who would ordinarily think nothing of using anti-gay slurs actually pause to consider who might be hurt by them. I have patiently answered extremely personal questions (up to a point) to educate people and handled incidents where I overhear gay slurs and other denogrations with humor rather than anger whenever possible. It doesn't always work. There are people out there who hate and are going to continue to hate. But I maintain that the majority of people are merely ignorant and are simply parroting the things they were taught as children. It is possible that you will never get many of these people, especially religious ones, to believe that what you are doing is not morally wrong, but what you can often do is get them to agree, in principle, that you deserve all the same rights and priviledges as heterosexuals. When that happens to me, I count it as a win.

Keep trying sweetie. You've got a long life ahead of you. You'll have successes too.

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Uncertain's picture

the HIV bit was interesting

the HIV bit was interesting yeah... I didn't know you were positive until I read the interview. It kinda did open me up to some things about HIV people. Hmm hmm... yeah

patnelsonchilds's picture

Thanks sweetie. That's the

Thanks sweetie. That's the result I was hoping for - not to preach at you guys, but just to kind of inspire you to think about it.

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