Rachel Spangler: “That’s why we’re going to win this fight, why we’re already winning it. To us, the big tent collective of not only queers but also anyone who’s ever loved a queer, this time it really is personal.”
Just as today on that “news” network I won’t name, the drumbeat is that gays and their allies ought to care more about injustice … elsewhere. We’re supposed to ignore what is, as Rachel Spangler so eloquently explains, VERY personal to us. That someone suggests we shouldn’t take this personally means they don’t see us as persons.
Go to Rachel’s blog and share the love for her wonderful, eloquent post there.
So the news the last few weeks has been kind of bad. Between the bigot who blasted my family on Facebook and trans kids being bullied to death and Indiana going bat shit crazy, it’s easy to get caught up in our national back swing. Never mind that rapid social progress is always followed by conservative blowback. Never mind that any seasoned activist will tell you it’s always two steps forward and one step back. Never mind that for every crazy politician spouting hate there’s two more moving closer to full inclusion. It still hurts.
I’ve been out for fourteen years. You’d think I’d be used to it by now, but I still feel the burn of shame in my cheeks when I hear a pastor rail against my family. My stomach clenches when I have to explain to my son why he’s not a boy scout. My shoulders still tighten…
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