October 10th, 2003

me

"Lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." -Martin Luther King, Jr.

I was never more ashamed of myself than when Matthew Shepard died — ashamed that I'd waited to come out because I wasn't sure how friends at school would take it, afraid I might be made fun of. I'd been a coward. And I couldn't help but think at the time that if more of us stood up, it would make things like this less likely to occur. After all, it's easier to hate people when you dehumanize them, and that's harder to do when you already know them.

The article behind this cut is nothing less than infuriating, and a reminder we're still targets... and all the more reason to stand up and make a difference. There's NO legitimate reason for Bush and other politicians to oppose gay rights and gay marriage (aside from bigotry), and there's no reason for us to look the other way. There's no reason to excuse the Pope, just because he's a religious leader, for spreading anti-gay rhetoric. Why are they any better or more legitimate than Rev. Phelps, just because they mask their prejudice behind less vitriolic speech? So President Bush would never say "God hates fags." Isn't telling your justice department to find ways to "protect marriage" and stop/block states from recognizing gay marriages saying the same thing?

These are our leaders telling the rest of the country and the world that it's okay to treat us as second class citizens and leaving a legacy of hate in legislation. Here is Rev. Phelps being a bit more direct, and leaving a legacy of hate in his monument to Matthew.

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