Today on National Coming Out Day, we see why it is so important for the GLBT community and their many straight allies to speak up against the hate spewing forth around the country.
The right has yet again decided to demonize the GLBT community with hateful statements like those from NY GOP Gubernatorial candidate Paladino in his recent statements before a Jewish group. (See Zach’s earlier post for the video clip). We see this in the hateful e-mail of North Carolina GOP state representative Larry Brown calling gays fruitloops. We also see this in the hateful comments from Mormon church leader Boyd Packer (see video below).
This type of hateful speech is accelerating physical and verbal attacks from those seeing these statements and views as permission to turn their hate on the GLBT community. We can see the results of this hate in the brutal physical attacks of 3 men in New York City; in the nasty community commentary leading to the suicide of a gay teen Zach Harrington in Norman, OK (a city that claims to be building an inclusive community!); in the secret live webcam broadcast of gay student Tyler Clementi in New Jersey that led to his committing suicide; in the suicides of countless young teens around the country like Billy Lucas, 15; Asher Brown, 13; and Seth Walsh, 13.
So today on National Coming Out Day, I urge you to step up against hate and to recognize the importance of not standing down when it comes to repudiating the voices of hate coming from throughout the world. If you are a teen or young adult, who is struggling with your sexuality, listen to the many voices of reason and hope, that say it gets better over time in Dan Savage’s “It Gets Better Project” YouTube Channel and join the cause on the It Gets Better Facebook page.
Here’s one of the many videos on “it gets better” in this case gay comics at New York’s Gotham Comedy Club.
Where are the “fierce advocates” at all levels of government, who through their voice and actions on the many gay equality issues pending around the country could reduce the impact of this hate? We certainly won’t see this from people like Ron Johnson or Scott Walker or from any of the current or potential future crop of GOP politicos as they continue to deny the reality and the lives of millions of GLBT people around the country. We also need to see the Democrats grow some and actually make change happen or face the consequences as this video from Get Equal so eloquently points out.