S/O Just Lock Me in a Closet & Pray Over Me
This is in response to the belief that GLB, especially lesbians, have too much PDA, & therefore should go back into the closet & lock it. It is also in response to the idea that GLB need to be prayed over because we are sick or an abomination. Much of this was in my reply on the other thread, but not all of it.
As a lesbian I do not believe that lesbians have more public displays of affection. when heterosexuals have public displays of affection they may be told to knock it off. As a lesbian I have to live in constant fear of public displays of affection causing my partner & I to be knocked off. This is not just paranoia. This is why hate crimes includes gay and lesbian individuals. I have known folks threatened with murder for simply looking lesbian, never mind PDA. Boys Don't Cry, a movie based on a real life story, may have been educational for some. For me it was a constant everlasting reminder of the hate crimes that my community goes through all the time.
I believe that it starts with praying over gays and lesbians because we're sick and something is wrong with us, and then it goes on to believing that we need to be locked in closets for public displays of affection, and finally we need to be locked in gas chambers and ovens just like in the Holocaust. It's easy to forget the Holocaust killed thousands upon thousands of gays and lesbians but that's the truth. This is a historical fact, & not a simple comparison. Hitler ordered the killing of GLBs, & not just Jews, the disabled, those of Roma decent, anarchists, etc.
Being locked in a closet is a form of abuse and if it were said about blacks, or if it were said about women, or if it were said about children, we would all recognize that was abuse, but if it is said about gays and lesbians it's religious freedom. Instead what it is is just a few steps away from Nazi America.
the fact is that gay and lesbian teens are at a much higher risk of suicide. Saying that they should be locked in a closet certainly doesn't make them want to live. Homophobia against our youth is genocide against our youth.
Being gay or lesbian hasn't been considered an illness in a very long time. And if one is going to consider homosexuality an abomination, one better know Leviticus backwards & forwards & know all of the abominations. Shellfish is also an abomination. There are many abominations in Leviticus. Why do most people seem to think that only this one matters? That is bunk.
If any of you are looking to pray, pray for all of us to be safe, pray for the knowledge to know that we are all created in the Divine's image, pray for us all to be loved by each other and to love ourselves, pray for the end of homophobia, and pray for peace.
Hate Is NOT a Family Value.