I just read this post by Stacy Trasancos called Can’t Even Go To The Park which is all about how she can’t take her children to the park or the local swimming pool any more in fear that they will be exposed to The Gays. As a lesbian and an atheist one at that you’d probably guess that I’m exploding with all kinds of rage, and that is partly true, but mostly I am filled with sadness. Deep, genuine sadness. Sadness for a women, who in all fairness wants to be the best mother she can be to her kids, but has got herself caught up in so much hatred that instead of showing love to her children, she shows them the face of hatred and fear.
Stacy, the LGBT community is made up for people just like you. We want to create a safe and loving world. A world where our families and friends can grow up in a loving community. It saddens me that people like yourself, who want the same things for their families and friends can be the ones stopping us achieving this. The ones stopping it for everyone. Because it is people like you who create the hatred we see in the world today. Hatred and fear of people who are different, whether they have a different sexuality or a different religion.
Your whole post is full of descriptions of loving gay and lesbian families. Not one of these families behaved in any way that could even remotely be called offensive unless you call playing with and loving their children and partners offensive. Yet, you just see evil in these families that are not the same as yours. I can’t imagine going through life looking for things to hate and fear about other people. Jesus’ major statement ‘Love One Another’ didn’t come with a whole list of exceptions. It is all encompassing, all accepting. Just like we all should be regardless of our religious or non-religious beliefs. Imagine the world we could create if we accepted people instead of judging them.