Those who know me already know where I stand and why. No need to rehash that here and now. Nor do I wish to dignify this week’s mutual posturing exercises with any sort of direct response.
If you’re reading this and, like me, you identify yourself as a Christian and you care about your religious values being known and respected in this country, I recommend that you follow in the footsteps of your Lord and Savior and do the kinds of things that Jesus did. The folks at your local food bank, rescue mission, soup kitchen, or homeless shelter are desperate for donations and volunteers. As Jesus told his followers in the Sermon on the Mount, “Let your light shine before all people, that they might see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” Help your church become known for these kinds of good works and your actions will speak volumes to the world about the sincerity of your faith and the depth of your convictions. I guarantee that it will leave a far more lasting and fruitful testimony for Christ than standing in line for fried chicken.
If you’re reading this and, like me, you care passionately about equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered people, I recommend that you get involved with the Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) at your school or the local Parents & Friends of Lesbians And Gays (PFLAG) chapter in your community. If there aren’t any such organizations in your area, consider starting one. By all means, vote with your dollars and don’t patronize any establishment that troubles your conscience, but don’t think that the personal opinions of CEOs will be swayed by your non-participation. The truth is that they positively couldn’t give a rat’s posterior about your basic human dignity. Instead, focus your efforts of political change on achievable goals with tangible results. Donate to or volunteer for the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). Write to your elected officials and tell them that you care about marriage equality. Campaign and vote for candidates who support equality. Talk to your local school board about bullying. Educate your kids. Love your neighbor’s gay kid, especially if that kid isn’t getting much support from home. Knowing that you’re there and available to listen will make all the difference in the world. You might even save a life.
I firmly believe that things will get better, but before they do, we all need to do our part to make it happen.
When you’re lovers in a dangerous time,
sometimes you’re made to feel as if your love’s a crime,
but nothing worth having comes without some kind of fight.
Got to kick at the darkness till it bleeds daylight.