Made in partnership with De Garde and Foreland brewing, Block 15’s Trilateral Response is hoppy wit ale and dang if it isn’t interesting. It’s got some hops in the nose, for sure but the finish is less bitter and more of that Belgian spice note of wit ales and I am digging it. It’s pretty light, so in a week when Summer is truly upon us, this will be great.
Also puts to mind the saying from Letterkenny:
“When a friend asks for help, you help ‘em.”
Which I have been thinking about all week, because a friend had wanted to attend Pride events this month. As a nurse, who has struggled mightily during COVID, they wanted to find virtual events-you know, the things we spent the last two years doing that, for some reason, many are just…not including those services anymore.
I had just done a checkin with them and asked if they needed anything and they said: You know any virtual events?
Now, when you are asking the straight cis dude for virtual Pride events, you are kinda scraping the barrel.
Don’t get me wrong; I know queer people and love them, trans rights are human rights, and right now is a very scary time too be an LGBTQ+ person. I respect that, but Pride isn’t for me.
It’s a fine time to listen and to cheer for the people you know who are taking the necessary but scary risk to be who they are.
But: when a friend asks for help, you help ‘em. So, I asked friends about virtual events and got a small but functional list!
Which I sent along to my nurse friend, who was deeply grateful-so much so that the phrase ‘act of allyship’ was used.
I tried to politely accept their gratitude but….honestly I don’t think I did anything special. It isn’t an act of allyship to help your friends when they’re struggling. That is what you are supposed to do.
That’s just being a decent person.
Still, I’ll take just being a decent person. You’ll hear a lot of stories about how awful people treat queer folks, how goddamn tiring it is sometimes to just exist in the straight world.
Make sure you’re contributing to the small, good stories.