A friend of mine once said “If what they are doing isn’t wrong, then why do some of them hide and stay in that so-called Closet?”
Somewhat disappointed by his self-righteous tone and yet intrigued by the prospect of addressing his query I told him, “I can’t speak for them but my guess is they are hiding from that same hatred that used to hang black people on nooses and burn crosses outside their windows. Chances are they are hiding from that same ignorance that transformed the Mexican immigrant into a villain and a prejudice that insinuates that every Muslim is a terrorist.
It’s an ignorance that forced a Gay student at Rutgers University to commit suicide and a heartless mentality that made a conservative blogger say he wished that all Gay people committed suicide soon after.
An ignorance that motivated a church to protest at the funerals of Iraq war victims with signs that said ‘Your Son Died Because God Hates Fags’ and an ignorance that made a pastor say ‘Katrina ‘happened because God was angry at America for tolerating gays.
It’s an ignorance that panders to the darker side of our conscience; an ignorance that tugs at the strings of our prejudices, insecurities and misunderstandings.
Indeed, we the ‘Straight’ society are a contradiction, we are quick to profess our belief in individual freedoms and civil liberties but yet we deny them those same inalienable rights because we do not like who and what we think they are. And so, ridiculed by the Christian that uses God’s words to mask their prejudices; silenced by a Zimbabwean president that offers little room for compromise; or demonized by the spiteful and venomous rhetoric of self-righteous gay bashing crusaders, they hide from us.
Denied the dignity of embracing and fully expressing who they are, they cower under the long shadows cast by a hypocritical society, hiding from an ignorant ‘You’ and a turn-a-blind-eye ‘Me’.”
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