I think without a doubt this film demands the viewer to give up their complacency. The first use of such contrivances was recorded by the famous Punch and Judy troupe of puppeteers in early Victorian times. I ran to the bathroom confused and disoriented, thinking I had peed my pants. About a year after being attached to the project, I was asked to come in and audition for the role to prove that I had Starr within me. Having more representations of black gay women now and seeing myself reflected in them has been a huge aid in seeing myself as whole, complete, and normal. What makes your character, Starr, a necessary character in our world? One particular technique that thieves use against buskers is to pretend to make a donation while actually taking money out instead, a practice known as "dipping" or "skimming". A good pitch can be the key to success as a busker. Sometimes a performer will employ a bottler, hat man, or pitch man to collect money from the audience. It is common law that any disturbing or noisy behaviors may not be conducted after certain hours in the night. She unknowingly set a precedent in my life, a gold standard of how to be proud and exist in the intersectionality of multiple identities that were once thought of as being conflicting. Though we are destined to carry the trauma, we gain the piercing love and protection that comes with it as well. The continual process of unlearning heteronormativity and internalised homophobia can be difficult, but one of the biggest blessings lies in the magic that comes from having to understand love outside the confines of learned heterosexual roles. My sexuality is not a byproduct of my past experiences with men, who I have loved, but rather a part of myself I was born with and love deeply. As black women, no matter what we face, we fall under the protection of our black womanhood, whether we find that literally in our peers, sisters and collective experiences, or through the circle of mother ancestors who hover in the heavens with their hands linked and hearts in prayer. Prior to the 20th century, it was common for buskers to use a trained monkey as a bottler. All of the things that felt so internally contrary to my truest self were rectified as I unravelled a long web of denial and self deprivation.