Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Worth repeating

I got this from a friend of my son. It's worth repeating. If you teach your children one thing in life, teach them tolerance.

I am the girl kicked out of her home because I confided in my mother that I am a lesbian.

I am the prostitute working the streets because nobody will hire a transsexual woman.

I am the sister who holds her gay brother tight through the painful, tear-filled nights.

We are the parents who buried our daughter long before her time.

I am the man who died alone in the hospital because they would not let my partner of twenty-seven years into the room.

I am the foster child who wakes up with nightmares of being taken away from the two fathers who are the only loving family I have ever had. I
wish they could adopt me.

I am one of the lucky ones, I guess. I survived the attack that left me in a coma for three weeks, and in another year I will probably be able to walk again.

I am not one of the lucky ones. I killed myself just weeks before graduating high school. It was simply too much to bear.

We are the couple who had the realtor hang up on us when she found out we wanted to rent a one-bedroom for two men.

I am the person who never knows which bathroom I should use if I want to avoid getting the management called on me.

I am the mother who is not allowed to even visit the children I bore, nursed, and raised. The court says I am an unfit mother because I now live with another woman.

I am the domestic-violence survivor who found the support system grow suddenly cold and distant when they found out my abusive partner is also a woman.

I am the domestic-violence survivor who has no support system to turn to because I am male.

I am the father who has never hugged his son because I grew up afraid to show affection to other men.

I am the home-economics teacher who always wanted to teach gym until someone told me that only lesbians do that.

I am the man who died when the paramedics stopped treating me as soon as they realized I was transsexual.

I am the person who feels guilty because I think I could be a much better person if I didn’t have to always deal with society hating me.

I am the man who stopped attending church, not because I don't believe, but because they closed their doors to my kind.

I am the person who has to hide what this world needs most, love.

dena at 7:58 PM



at 5:17 AM Blogger soapbox.SUPERSTAR said...

What are you saying? Are you leaving Adam?

at 10:16 AM Anonymous Maria said...

This stopped me cold. They are the most heart-wrenching and honest words that I have heard for a long time. My adopted daughter is a lesbian and was disowned by her father for that reason. Would you object if I were to copy these and put them on my blog?

at 10:37 AM Blogger dena said...

Please share it. It definitely needs repeating.

at 10:06 PM Blogger panthergirl said...

I've always taught my kids these things, also because if one of them happened to BE gay, I wanted them to know they would be fully accepted and loved by me.

Thanks for posting this.

at 10:05 AM Anonymous Nancy said...

Powerful. I teach my kids tolerance all the time. The world is filled with too much hate.

at 11:20 AM Blogger Miss Cow is a Cow said...

Wow, that truly is powerful.

Thank you.


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