Mr. Dressup and Beverly
When I use to watch Mr. Dressup I was always drawn in by a character named Beverly. There was something about this person. I didn't know what it was, but I felt a connection. Something was different. Beverly was different. Different like me. And I could feel that even though I didn't understand it.
At this young age I didn't know I was gay, and Beverly had not come out as a trans man yet. But I knew that Beverly belonged to my "community", and me to Beverly's. Whatever that meant to a 6 year old boy.
I forgot about Beverly Glenn-Copeland until the other day when a friend mentioned he was going to watch his show. After being a regular on Mr. Dressup for over 25 years, Beverly is now a very talented muscian. And when I found out he had come out as trans, a wave of joy spread throughout my body. I was transported to my 1980's living room where Ernie Coombs and Beverly would spend a half hour making me feel like I belonged.
I don't know why I'm sharing this. Or what it all means. It just made me so happy. And I thought I would tell you.