Thursday, May 24, 2012

Last rant! Well, for the time being...

This is the last in a series of rants that began here:
Rant #1: Change!

 

In reply to someone who suggested civil unions are adequate because all gay people want is the rights that go with marriage, I wrote again about respect:

 

When you rush to the hospital because your beloved has been injured or taken ill, if you say, That person is my partner, or That person is my civil union person, or Drat! I left my power of attorney at home, the nurses may well invite you to take a seat in the waiting room, or tell you that they will only admit "family" to the patient's room.

 

When you say, That person is my wife, you get shown in right away. You get treated with respect.

 

Further, when our government and our institutions treat gay people with dignity, they teach the people by example to treat gay people with dignity.

 

The rights are the practical side--a way to ensure that ALL families are protected and supported. The respect gay people are demanding is what will prevent much of the very real harm done to gay people every day.

 

It is still OK to bully gay kids. Why? Because people don't respect gay people, and therefore young people believe they don't have to respect them. Many people think it's OK to hate gay people because God hates them. Kids are killing themselves because it is not OK to be gay in this country.

 

Are you aware that several state legislatures now considering anti-bullying legislation are excluding gay kids (or kids perceived to be gay) from protection because that would infringe on the free-speech rights of religious people. I don't know of any religion that says it's OK to bully people.

 

This battle was just fought in Michigan, and while the legislators were dithering over the issue, ten gay kids in Michigan who were victims of bullying killed themselves. They finally passed a watered-down law that opponents say is a "bullying is OK in Michigan" law.

 

The suicides (and they are more than you would ever believe) of gay kids are an extreme example of what happens when you set a group apart as different. The corrosive effect of anti-gay rhetoric on gay people (married or not, wanting to get married or not) undermines our sense of self-worth and reminds us every day that we are second rate, not quite good enough, and by some actively hated.

 

When I was young, it was OK to make racist and ethnic jokes. It was OK to say the n-word. There are plenty of people alive today who believe that people who are different from themselves, racially or culturally, are inferior. There are plenty of people alive today who are racist, but it's not OK anymore to say racist things in public.

 

My point is that as a society we have decided that certain things (racist hate speech) are NOT OK, and we criticize people who do and say those things. Someday I would like hate speech against people like me to be included in the list of things that are NOT OK.

 

 

And finally, when someone once again brought up the old testament, I said:

 

Note that the old testament says not one word about same-sex relationships between women.

 

Here's an illustration of just what people are so afraid of. Warning! It's really scary!!!

 

8 Comments:

Blogger Stormryder16 said...

What a sweet video. I wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed the "When Women Were Warriors trilogy. I could'nt put it down. And I'm reading it again. Thanks for a beautiful story.

July 31, 2012 at 11:50 AM  
Blogger Michele M. Reynolds said...

love your books! write more!!

September 23, 2012 at 10:55 AM  
Blogger Michele M. Reynolds said...

are you working on any books! dying to read more!!

November 25, 2012 at 5:12 PM  
Blogger Catherine M. Wilson said...

Hi Michele,
I'm not working on anything at the moment, but something may be working on me...

November 30, 2012 at 3:03 PM  
Anonymous Nova Simpson said...

Thanks for posting this Catherine, I am glad that ever so slowly gay characters are being introduced into tv shows and movies and of course books like yours!! Its a slow revolution just like when people of colour where slowly introduced to television shows (loved Cosby show)!. It will happen even though it seems the world is dragging its feet on this one!

Nova

December 2, 2012 at 11:41 PM  
Blogger Angela Pineda said...

I hope you live to be 110 or more so that you can put a picture of you in your 60,s and see just how youthful and vibrant you are. I love hour writing style and your courage. A bit off topic but I wanted to suggest to you a few books I like that you may find interesting. One is called Graceling by Kristin Kashor the sequel is called Fire. My spelling is horrid so sorry if I spelled the Authors name wrong. The other books are the Magic Study series. I was born in Yreka California and I now live in Missouri. I STARED A CAMP CALLED RISING ABILITIES. PLEASE CHECK US OUT AT WWW.RISINGABILITIES.ORG IF YOU EVER WANT TO SEND US YOUR AUTOGRAPH I would be more than grateful.

October 21, 2013 at 6:06 PM  
Blogger Catherine M. Wilson said...

Thanks, Angela. (Autographs are on the way!)

October 23, 2013 at 8:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Loved the video but how come only ONE mom gets breakfast in bed, and not the other mom?? Not fair!

December 20, 2013 at 8:12 AM  

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