The most positive, encouraging, and uplifting thing in this shit storm right now is the reboot of “Queer Eye.” Chalk full of acceptance and personal growth, these five gay men guide a straight man in each episode to leveling up his grooming, style, culinary, home, and self-confidence game.
This season all takes place in Georgia and I was curious to see how they dealt with different worldviews from more traditionally-minded folk. I was pleasantly surprised to see wonderful exchanges on perspectives and respectful discourse on issues such as police brutality, gender norms in gay relationships, and religious intolerance of gay folks.
While I might not agree with the perspectives shared, what I found most insightful was how they modeled engaging in a difficult dialogue. So often (especially in the traditional South) people shy away from engaging in conversation on controversial topics such as the ones mentioned above. The problem? Avoidance creates ignorance. While experiential learning feels gross, it is one of the best ways to transform the dysfunctional ways we see the world.
Challenge: think about how you engage in dialogue. Do you ask questions? Do you assert your viewpoint? What are ways you can cultivate conversations with people who have a different viewpoint than your own?