I now live in the Pacific North West.
There is a (small-medium) disturbance relating to some baker (Aaron Klein of Sweet Cakes in Gresham) who is "standing on his principles" and defying the law by refusing to make a cake for two lesbian customers wedding celebration. He called them "abominations before God" and reduced one of the couple to tears. Basically old fashioned discrimination.
Meanwhile about a week before this broke the news, the tragic story of Jadin Bell unfolded. He was a (another?) gay teen suicide victim of bullying at school.
My Comment is, am I the only one who sees the relationship between these two events? Is there a lesson here for Survivors of SA and CSA?
As long as we suffer the stereotypes of GLBT males to be public, uttered with impunity, and lauded as truth, we continue to live in a society that will taciturnly accept the consequences of allowing those views room to inspire action. Rape. Discrimination. Inaction.
For every Aaron Klein who thinks it is "his right" to treat GLBT like second class citizens, there is a Jadin Bell whose life is complicated by the fallout of being one of those "second class citizens".
For every public utterance of "he probably pushed himself on those straight boys" there is a Mathew Sheppard who pays the ultimate price for allowing these points of view to go unchallenged.
I commit to you today. Right now. At this very moment, that I will stand in condemnation of those who imply:
1) that men don't get raped
2) that gay men "wanted it"
3) that incest/molestation doesn't matter because victim was gay
4) that women can't rape
5) that silence in the face of SA & CSA is EVER appropriate
I am not an activist. What I am is aware of the consequences of the status quo. When society admits that hate is a crime, the Jadin Bells of the world will stop dying. Isn't it about time?