Our country was founded on the ideals of Freedom and Liberty. From that, We’ve grown as Americans to expect to be respected, listened to, and validated. Sometimes, our own voices are too quiet to be heard. So we have people who represent our interests for us. lobbyists, Rights Coalitions, organizations keeping a presence in our country’s Capitol on our behalf. Whether you donate to them, have signed their petitions, or have never heard of them before, there are people working every day to bring you equality and justice.
As I recently discovered though, some of the people representing me aren’t qualified for the job. At least not by my standards.
Over the past year there has been a continual turn of Gay Rights legislation being approved, and being taken away all over the nation. This has built a seemingly unending tug-of-war, powered by public media and social medias.
When one of these laws was overturned this winter, my e-mail in-box filled with a flood of angry letters from Gay Rights groups and followings, as it always does. This time though, one e-mail caught my attention. It was titled as follows:
“Are You F—ing Pissed Off, Because We Are!”
The letter went on to call opponents to Gay Marriage “Homophobic Idiots”, “Right Winged F–ks”, and a slew of other names. It promoted hating the opponents, and doing all possible to anger, disrupt, and hurt them.
Reading this prompted me to read all the other e-mails that came my way that day, something I usually don’t do. To my disappointment, many of the other letters from similar organizations read the same.
I don’t feel that way. I know many of my friends don’t feel that way either. We don’t hate opponents that are just standing up for what they believe in. What I do dislike though, are people representing ME in the fight for equal rights, who see it fit to yell and scream at other people, assuming that the entire GLBT Community feels the same way.
As a nation, as a community, as a family, we will rarely make progress through hatred. If there is any success, it will only be subjected to later ruin or dispute. In order to successfully and honestly reach our goals, we need to be willing to face challenge, and welcome compromise peacefully.
In a time like ours today, peace can be supreme ruler if we are willing to allow it. It will take patience, the ability to listen and the talent of actually hearing what is said. Above all else though, it will require respect. Respect for those who don’t understand our lives or our beliefs, just as we don’t understand theirs. Through respect and the willingness, and taking the time to listen and resolve our opponents concerns or fears, we can become strong as human beings.
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