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mondo joe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-19-08 11:41 AM
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Homophobia Kills.
Edited on Fri Dec-19-08 11:41 AM by mondo joe
I now some people think gays are only inconvenienced by homophobia.

Please be reminded that gay teens are 4 times more likely than hetero teens to attempt suicide.

GLBT teens make up 25 - 40% of homeless youth, one of the groups in our country most at risk for violence and abuse.

Gays are bashed, and murdered, for no reason but being gay.

And unlike most minorities, GLBT people typically go through this while at their most vulnerable alone. GLBT kids often have to fear that if they seek support for who they are, they will be treated worse, beaten and worse - even by their own parents.

And though some like to say "at least you can hide", please know that firstly, many CAN'T hide. Of those who can, hiding and closeting only increases the fear and isolation that leads to suicide and other self harming behaviors.

If you think "passing" for straight is a benefit, I assure you, you have not thought it through, or you'd know it does much more harm than good to the person dong it.

So when Obama chooses someone who compares gays to incest and child rape, GLBT people understand he is fueling an environment that kills vulnerable people. Ministers like Warren are bad enough, but having the seal of approval of the President - this President - makes t far, far worse.

Think for a moment of the hope stirred by Obama's election meant for millions of children who are racial minorities, who saw that despite everything, they could become President. And think now of the GLBT youth who have to know that at this historic moment, this president chose someone who says they are no better than old men marrying children, for a special honor. And think of the message it sends to the people who make those kids' lives a living hell.

You may not have thought of it in those terms, but there it is.
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SwampG8r Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-19-08 11:42 AM
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1. i think this whole thing may be
Edited on Fri Dec-19-08 11:43 AM by swampg8r
a catalyst for good things in time
i agree with you too btw
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crappyjazz Donating Member (886 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-19-08 11:42 AM
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2. K and R
I'm not gonna get over it, or shut up, or sit in the back.
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Buzz Clik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-19-08 11:45 AM
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3. Homophobia kills, for sure. Couldn't agree more.
However, I'm not convinced that any of the players in this melodrama are homophobes with the likely exception of Warren himself.
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mondo joe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-19-08 11:48 AM
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4. Possibly. But normalizing his homophobia by giving him an honored spot just
contributes to the environment that results in dead gay teens.
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Starry Messenger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-19-08 12:00 PM
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5. I wish this could be stickied.
kick.
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musicblind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-19-08 01:03 PM
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6. I agree with almost all of what you have to say
Though I am not hating Obama for his Rick Warren pick. I regret it but don't hate him for it. I see where he is coming from.

That being said... I really do think that few realize that homophobia kills and that homosexuals are literally in a war of sorts.
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