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Sunday, October 3, 2010

Intolerance

This is a total departure from my normal topics but something has been on my mind all week...

There have been quite a few stories of intolerance towards the gay community in the news lately.  I won't go on and on about the subject and my thoughts about that fact that it is completely ridiculous that there is ANY population of people in the country who do not have the same rights as every one else but I will say this...

one of the most amazing people I know is gay.

He should be able to get married, have children if he wants to and he should never, ever have to worry about being who he is.

I wish that he never had to go through the struggle of learning to accept himself despite what society said about his sexual orientation and I wish I had known he was struggling when he was so that I could have held his hand through it.

I thank God everyday that he made it through that struggle and came out the other side happy with himself and who he is.

Lately I have heard far too many stories of teens in the shoes he once wore who could not see the light at the end of the tunnel who decided to stop their journey far far too soon.  I think about the families they have left behind who are reeling with grief, wishing they had known and had done something to make their brother or sister, son or daughter feel "okay" with who they were.

It is so sad to me that we are still living in a world that cannot accept each others differences.

I hope, hope, hope that someday my children, or my children's children, will be reading about this time in their history textbook, appalled at the fact that there was a time when their amazing, smart, kind, talented uncle was treated one bit differently than the rest of the world.

5 comments:

Belle said...

One of my sister's is gay. I also do not understand the hatred towards gay people. It is a strange thing to want to hate a group of people you don't even know. It doesn't even make sense.

Jen Kula said...

once again a wonderfully written post Jessica! Could not agree more!

Nana said...

Lovingly and perfectly stated.

Caitlin Riney said...

Love this...I just wrote a paper for my class about the same thing

Brett said...

Thank you for such a beautiful post. I am saddened by the hatred that has ruined so many lives and feel fortunate for may reasons, not the least of which is my wonderful and supportive family.

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