Countering Hate with Power in Tennessee
It sucks to know that once AGAIN people in Tennessee are voting on whether it’s okay to be ME or not.
By sucks, I mean heart-breaking. It hurts me to have people rallying, strategizing, and investing themselves in legislation that perpetuates hate against me and people like me.
By sucks, I mean scary. I’m afraid for myself and my wife… and our children. When one group of human beings go to such great lengths to show that another group of human beings is so bad we mustn’t speak of the REALITY of WHO THEY ARE (not what they do or how they act… WHO THEY ARE), it makes us a target. This legislation is simply gasoline on the fire that burns in people that believe I am less than them because I’m a lesbian. This, and all legislation like it, is permission to hate.
By sucks, I mean enraging. My creator put me here to empower people and when any level of government in America moves to take power away, it pisses me off.
By sucks, I mean sad. I’ve spent several years of my life writing a book to teach young people (even straight ones) that their lives are sacred, that their lives have purpose, that even if your peers bully you, your life is important. All the while, those who’ve been elected to lead us… are telling those young people, whose sexual- and relational-orientation are unlike the others, something exactly the opposite. Make no mistake, these CHILDREN WILL CONTINUE TO KILL THEMSELVES as long as we tell them who they are is broken.
I could go on and on about how this sucks. And, even though I’ve written and called and voted and protested and on and on, I still woke up this morning feeling powerless… and frankly, stunned that in America in 2011 human beings are doing what these human beings are doing today. We, human beings, are so much better than this. We are capable of so much more.
Feeling powerless is not something I’m willing to do anymore. We have to counter this hate with POWER and I say screw the Don’t Say Gay Bill and your Amendment 1 and your Businesses Can’t Afford Equality legislation, we must find a way to be at peace with who we are, with or without this legislation.
The way I see it, at least in this moment, EQUALITY can be achieve in two ways:
1. Those trying to oppress LGBT Americans can stop trying.
2. Those who are being targeted can be empowered.
Clearly, option 1 is a ball not in my court, but option 2 is my life’s work.
One on one coaching. Workshops. Speeches. Retreats. Classes. I am here and will do WHATEVER NEEDS TO BE done to empower LGBT citizens in Tennessee (or beyond). At a time when our federal, state, and local governments continue to perpetuate hate against us… we have to find freedom within ourselves, and that I can do. We all can.