Sunday, June 28, 2009

40 years.

Forty years ago it was commonplace for gays to get the shit kicked out of them by the police. "GAY" was considered a mental illness and a crime. If gays were physically assaulted on the street, in a club, or in the classroom, then they deserved it for being perverts. And who cares if a gay or lesbian person died from being beaten - the only good faggot is a dead faggot, right?

We've come a long way from this mentality of 40 years ago, but we need to remember that the evil that generated such hatred back then is still alive today in your Sally Kerns, your Michele Bachmanns, your Michael Savages, your self-proclaimed "Christians" who consistently act so totally un-Christlike.

Let's not lose focus of what matters. Stonewall taught us that we are powerful when we are united. WE ARE ALL ACTIVISTS when we COME OUT and celebrate all of who we are. It's a hard fight, and the struggle can get horribly tiresome, but we must continue. In the words of the immortal Gladys Knight and her Pips: "You're too strong not to keep on keepin' on!"

Happy Pride and much love to everyone!

(Stonewall Inn photo borrowed from Wikipedia)

1 comment:

John Mabey said...

Very well said, Jeff. We must never forget that we all stand on the shoulders of those who came before, and that one of the most Christian-like things we can do is accept and love ourselves. As you say, merely doing that is being an activist, too.