Morgan & the QAC

As I posted back in October, Morgan Fox and the folks at the Queer Action Coalition (QAC) continually impress me. These young people, not trained in activism, the law or public relations have stood up to the oppression of young people they have witnessed in Memphis.

Always at the heart of what they are the welfare of the individuals involved (including Zach Stark’s parents during the summer protests) and integrity.

Just read the QAC’s recent post to see what I mean. I’ve watched these folks move with such care, thoughtfulness and passion. It’s been a learning process for all of them, but they consistently have take the high road.

Much more will come out about Love in Action (LIA). Some experiences in LIA I have recetly heard from eye witnesses shock me beyond words. Any parent who cares for the welfare of their children will be shocked to hear these things as well. It will all come out in the proper time, but like the QAC has modelled for us, the welfare of individuals and integrity needs to be the focus.

When you see ugly and hateful comments, try to resist succumbing to the same spirit. Instead speak your truth in love.

This post has 6 Comments

  1. Bruce Garrett on February 9, 2006 at 1:21 am

    I understand the need to support and protect the kids who are in the middle of things right now, right this moment. But if there is information about goings-on at LIA that would shock any parent who cares of the welfare of their children, and it is solid information, then isn’t the proper time for its coming out now, before another parent puts their kid in there?

    I realize this situation puts a lot of good, decent, caring people between a rock and a hard place, and I am not judging anyone involved, since I am not privy to these details, or their sources, or their verifiability. There are the kids who are caught up in it now and need protection, and there are the kids who are about to be thrown into it, and you know they are out there right now, right this moment, some aware of what is to come, and some not, who also need that same protection. I don’t envy where you are right now.

  2. Bob Painter on February 9, 2006 at 3:34 pm

    Yes, Bruce, it’s a very unnverving position to be in. I think Peterson and Morgan would love to spare anyone the tortures we know are happening behind the walls of LiA, but right now, it’s a waiting game.

    Sure, the news could be spread, but it becomes our word against their word: who wins in that situation? Parents side with LiA, and the pain continues.

    The Attorney General of the state of TN is involved in the case LiA filed last fall. Although government takes much longer to bring a plan to fruition, their results are, for the most part, lasting.

    Peterson and Morgan are not trying to withhold information: they are (1) doing all within their power not to exploit the kids involved and (2) channel the information to the proper authorities so that real change might occur.

    It is sad that the torture continues, but we must keep our eyes on the prize and know that the end result could be well worth the wait.

  3. Worried on February 10, 2006 at 1:00 pm

    I had a cousin-in-law that tried religion, counseling, and even marriage in an effort to effect a “cure”, all of which were ineffective, ofcourse, and merely served to create more pain, misery, feelings of guilt, shame and feelings of failure. Only after coming to terms with reality, accepting it, and living an open life was contentment achieved.

  4. Bob Painter on February 10, 2006 at 3:51 pm

    I agree with you, WA. But, as with most parts of our lives, this openness/”outness” is a process…a journey.

    As I continue to live as a gay man, I come to grips over and over again with other areas of my life that I haven’t been honest about.

    Thank you for your response. Hopefully, someone will read your post and decide to pursue sexual honesty as a result of your words…

  5. Granny on February 11, 2006 at 10:52 pm

    Hi – obviously I’ve been missing things (like putting you on bloglines so I can keep up).

    I’ll catch up with all this as soon as I have time. Meanwhile I’m sending you a link to an article in our local paper.

    I agree with you about civility even when it’s difficult. Hatred begets hatred. We may not change any minds but at least we don’t turn into them.

  6. Bob Painter on February 13, 2006 at 2:50 pm

    Amen, Granny…

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