Poignant stories tonight from LGBT asylum seekers, people who fled their countries because they didn’t fit narrow expectations. Later, an animated young friend asks if his energy throws people off. Then during a late dinner, a quasi-charming drunk harangues me with tales of travels & schemes, saying he’s an angel on call. And who am I to argue? So many voices in this world, and underlying each is a yearning for acceptance — see me. See me as I really am.

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