Sunday, March 19, 2017

Day Two

We didn't know Tetris could exist in a kitchen, but today we learned that sometimes there may not be enough room to make toast and eggs. Consequently, we had to move around one another, slowly but surely, to ensure we got our breakfast and coffee. Luckily, we walked outside as we got ready to start our day and saw that it was sunny and warmer than yesterday's rainy madness in which we had to drag our luggage. After riding the Subway, we had a long walk towards the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art. We were happy to see art that was representative of many different identities. However, we did note that this type of art had to exist in its own space. This reflected that art of this kind is not generally represented within the art community.

After the museum, we headed towards The Stonewall Inn, where we took pictures and examined its meaning. We were able to stop by the Big Gay Ice Cream shop afterwards, where we found ice cream at a reasonable price for New York City. Since we had time before our next activity, we headed towards the Highline, where we observed street art and performers. It was extremely windy walking at a higher altitude. However, we powered through to our next destination, which turned out to be the train station to get food. Some of us got lost on the way to and from the bathroom, but we soon reunited. It is important to note there was a pigeon in the building.

Our main activity of the day was working at New Alternatives, a program that gives food, clothing and support to homeless LGBTQ+ youth. We split up into two groups, one of which cooked for the evening, and one of which organized clothing to be distributed to the patrons. The clothing drive consisted of winter clothing and shoes, hygiene products and underwear. The patrons made us think about gender as a social construct and how view and discuss it in society. We noticed the racial disparity among the clientele, many of which were African American. Something that was important about the event was that the women's bathroom was converted to gender neutral. We reflected on the fact that none of us felt unsafe, or that it was anything different from our usual bathroom experiences. There seemed to be a sense of community among the clients and the workers in the program.
Lastly, we headed home and started dinner. We had an important reflection session over pizza and spaghetti. Here, we addressed the things we saw today, and how we felt about them. This was influential in how we viewed our experience, and had us looking forward to the next five days ahead of us.

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