Wow, I feel so honored to have been able to attend the rally today outside of the Love in Action compound. What an amazing crowd assembled of all ages!
I met a father with his bisexual teenage daughter, Dr. Arnold Drake, the former national president of PFLAG, old friends (Jenness, Jonathan, Len) and new ones (Alex, Christopher, Michael).
I was especially impressed with the integrity of the protest organizers. When a TV camera man jockeyed to get a photo of Zach exiting the program, protesters discouraged him (and even distracted him) from getting the shot. The protesters I spoke with seek to protect Zach and his family’s privacy. This is not about focusing on one teen, but on a system of injustice that seeks to target and recruit all queer teens.
Absent for the most part were people of color.
I see a racial divide when it comes to the “ex-gay” movement. From my experience the majority of people who run these programs and attend them are white males.
Why? Several reasons, some of which I don’t fully understand, but when we look at the depth of hate and resistance towards same-gender loving people, we need to consider what fuels the negativity.
A few anti-queer verses in the Bible and the “ick” factor are not enough to sustain the extreme level of homophobia in the world. Other factors must feed the violence. I wonder what other folks think is behind it all.
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