Friday, October 08, 2010

I Didn't Say It.......

Bette Midler, on the recent rash of LGBTQ youth suicides:
"It is a sad, sad day for America when young people would rather die than endure one more day of hatred and relentless persecution. As a mother, I am ashamed of all the parents who have failed to teach even the most basic human lessons to their children, "Live and let Live" and "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." The normal, everyday kindness that we took for granted just a few years ago is a thing of the past, and I for one, mourn it deeply. Technology, the Internet, with its anonymity, have allowed people to behave like beasts, pouncing on the weak and howling with laughter when they inflict a wound, that only the strongest could survive. What are we doing to ourselves? How are we to survive as a nation, when hate seems to be the only thing that motivate us??

Four children are dead by their own hand because they just couldn't take any more. How many more are we going to sacrifice to the hyenas? Isn't it time to stop??"

You truly are divine, Miss M.
This must stop, before chunks of whole generations are lost.

Cynthia Nixon, to NOM's Brian Brown, who sat to Nixon's left, at the New Yorker Festival's session for "Love and Obstacles: The Case for Gay Marriage":
"I want to say to the gentleman to my left, gay people who want to marry have no desire to redefine marriage in any way. When women got the vote they did not redefine voting. When African-Americans got the right to sit at a lunch counter alongside white people, they did not redefine eating out. They were simply invited to the table...We have no desire to change marriage. We want to be entitled to not only the same privileges, but the same responsibilities as straight people."

I am still waiting for someone, anyone, to tell me how my marrying Carlos would affect any one's marriage.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, on the rise in LGBT youth suicide due to bullying:
"This week, we sadly lost two young men who took their own lives for one unacceptable reason: they were being bullied and harassed because they were openly gay or believed to be gay. These unnecessary tragedies come on the heels of at least three other young people taking their own lives because the trauma of being bullied and harassed for their actual or perceived sexual orientation was too much to bear.
This is a moment where every one of us - parents, teachers, students, elected officials, and all people of conscience - needs to stand up and speak out against intolerance in all its forms. Whether it's students harassing other students because of ethnicity, disability or religion; or an adult, public official harassing the President of the University of Michigan student body because he is gay, it is time we as a country said enough. No more. This must stop."

We need more voices like this, from outside the LGBT community, to step forward and say Enough!

Annise Parker, the first openly gay mayor of Houston, on what it's like to be an out and proud public servant:
"People assume the toughest decision in my life was coming out. But being gay isn't tough—it's who I am. What's been tough is learning how to be social, and how to adapt to public life. I don't get death threats anymore, but I still have to work at being comfortable with the public part of the job. There are so many more images of gay and lesbian people today, and so many ways to be gay. I'm a middle-aged soccer mom and I appear in public with my spouse of 20 years and my kids. It's hard to make me scary. When the job is over for the evening, I go home and pull up the drawbridge. It's a relief when the scrutiny isn't there. But being honest about my personal life pays off every day."

Just further proof that being open and out and honest, is a good thing.
People will have a harder time fearing something that is out.

Minnesota Family Council head Tom Prichard, who says this rash of LGBT suicides isn't due to unrelenting bullying, but because of an "unhealthy lifestyle.":
"Youth who embrace homosexuality are at greater risk, because they’ve embraced an unhealthy sexual identity and lifestyle. These alternative sexual identifications or lifestyles deny the reality that we are created male and female. To live or try to live in conflict with how we are made will invariably cause problems, e.g. emotional, psychological and social. Notwithstanding gay activist assertions to the contrary, people aren’t gay, lesbian, transgender, etc. by God’s design or nature. We are male and female with sexual expression designed for a lifelong union between a man and a woman. Denying or fighting against this reality is the reason alternative forms of sexual expression, whether homosexual or heterosexual, will put people at greater risk. To assert otherwise is to deny reality and involves 'kicking against the goad' to use a biblical analogy."

Blame the victim, not the tormentors, the bullies.
Of course, had it been a straight child, bullied by a gay child, who committed suicide, Prichard would be singing an entirely different tune.

Daniel Radcliffe, on the recent string of gay teens committing suicides:
"Learning about the suicide deaths of Tyler Clementi, Seth Walsh, Asher Brown, Billy Lucas and Justin Aaberg has been heartbreaking for me. These young people were bullied and tormented by people that should have been their friends. We have a responsibility to be better to each other, and accept each others' differences regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, race, ability, or religion and stand up for someone when they're bullied. When a friend is feeling depressed or says they're thinking of killing themselves, we must take it seriously and get them help. My deepest sympathies go out to the families and friends of these excellent young people. And to all the young people who are being bullied right now, you are not alone. Call the Trevor Lifeline at 866 4-U-TREVOR, because there's always someone there who will listen and who can help."

Not much to add.
Brilliant, as usual, by Mr. Radcliffe.

Mitt Romney, once again making his marriage equality position quite clear[?]:
“I fully support the rights of gay individuals to choose their course in life, their careers in life, to have civil rights that are consistent with other citizens of the nation. [But] as you know, I support traditional marriage. I believe that it is in the best interest of society, and at the same time I fully support the rights of gay individuals and homosexuals.”

Please to explain, Mitt, how "traditional"marriage is in the best interest of society?
Mitt Romney doesn't support LGBT people in any way shape or form. Typical fucktard politician with a typical fucktard politician non-answer.

Donald Trump, on considering a run for president:
"For the first time in my life, I'm actually thinking about it [running for president]. I see what's going on with this country and it's never been worse. What's happening is a disgrace…I love this country, we have a great country … but it's not really great like it used to be. Let's face it, we are no longer respected the way we used to be respected, and if we keep going like this, within 10 years China is going to overtake us easily."

I hear Canada is nice.
Health care.
Gay marriage.
No chance of Donald Trump running for president.
Sidenote; As many times as Trump companies have filed for bankruptcy, how does he think he's electable?
Or is it just ego?
Never mind. I answered my own question.


Mark in DE said...

Great post!

Cubby said...

I'd vote for the Donald -- NOT!

R.J. said...

I know. Donald will just BUY the election like Meg Whitman is doing for Governor of California. LOL!

I have no idea who Tom Prichard is but he can burn in hell. He's part of the problem, just like a lot of GOP politicians who are against anti-bullying bills.

Dan said...

The Divine Ms M!

I do hear Canada is nice, but I think I might head to Spain.

madtexter (corey james) said...

Wow, many of these public statements made me tear up. It is true what Bette said. Our society has really come to be such a hateful society because of the annonymity (sp?) the Internet affords us.

Joy said...

Excellent! Eloquent! Thank you!