I was afraid to come to work yesterday.

I was afraid to come to work because I was doing a play that has the word Lesbians in the title.

I was afraid because I am a lesbian.

I was afraid to come to my theatre — my safe space. A space where I am constantly wrapped up in the warmth and energy of other artists for whom diversity and love is cherished.

Then I was angry because I was afraid.

And the only thing I know to do is keep doing what we have been doing.

We will keep doing a play about lesbians who are celebrating the freedom to be who they are.

We will keep doing plays about our Transgender, Gay and Lesbian brothers and sisters, our African mothers and fathers, our Latino and Hispanic aunts and uncles, our Asian and Native American cousins and our Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist and Hindu sons and daughters.

We will keep doing plays that challenge convention.

We will keep doing plays that show respect for all and do harm to none.

That is what we have always done and will continue to do.

It is who we are.ATL_ShortHero_GayPride