A Christian group in a rural part of the US recently invited me to present my play Doin’ Time in the Homo No Mo Halfway House. The main organizer e-mailed Sarah, my booking agent today, “We are having real trouble finding a venue-people are afraid of “promoting homosexuality” boy, do we need Peterson in this town!”
This is not the first time I’ve heard the charge that by presenting a queer-affirming play that we are promoting homosexuality. Okay, to present something is to hold something out, to acknowledge its existence. To promote attaches an obligation to the issue–this is good; try it yourself.
Now I do promote the idea that we should breakdown barriers, that we should listen to each other’s stories, that there is nothing wrong with being a same-gender loving person and that it does more harm than good to force people to change their sexual orientation (in either direction).
Lord knows the media and society promote heterosexuality 24/7. The conservative church promotes heterosexuality (while also condemning unrepependent same-gender loving people to an eternity in hell). By NOT having me come and do my show, a community promotes nothing but the status quo, which may feel safe, but which consistently proves to be destructive.