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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Why do straights hate gays?

A friend sent this to me. It's an article by Larry Kramer. Have a read. It's real good because it's real true.

Why do straights hate gays?
An aging 72-year-old gay man isn't hopeful about the future.
By Larry Kramer, LARRY KRAMER is the founder of the protest group ACT
UP and the author of "The Tragedy of Today's Gays."
March 20, 2007


Why do you hate gay people so much?

Gays are hated. Prove me wrong. Your top general just called us
immoral. Marine Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, is in
charge of an estimated 65,000 gay and lesbian troops, some fighting for
our country in Iraq. A right-wing political commentator, Ann Coulter,
gets away with calling a straight presidential candidate a faggot. Even
Garrison Keillor, of all people, is making really tacky jokes about gay
parents in his column. This, I guess, does not qualify as hate except
that it is so distasteful and dumb, often a first step on the way to
hate. Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama tried to duck the
questions that Pace's bigotry raised, confirming what gay people know:
that there is not one candidate running for public office anywhere who
dares to come right out, unequivocally, and say decent, supportive
things about us.

Gays should not vote for any of them. There is not a candidate or major
public figure who would not sell gays down the river. We have seen this
time after time, even from supposedly progressive politicians such as
President Clinton with his "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gays in
the military and his support of the hideous Defense of Marriage Act. Of
course, it's possible that being shunned by gays will make politicians
more popular, but at least we will have our self-respect. To vote for
them is to collude with them in their utter disdain for us.

Don't any of you wonder why heterosexuals treat gays so brutally year
after year after year, as your people take away our manhood, our
womanhood, our personhood? Why, even as we die you don't leave us
alone. What we can leave our surviving lovers is taxed far more
punitively than what you leave your (legal) surviving spouses. Why do
you do this? My lover will be unable to afford to live in the house we
have made for each other over our lifetime together. This does not
happen to you. Taxation without representation is what led to the
Revolutionary War. Gay people have paid all the taxes you have. But you
have equality, and we don't.

And there's no sign that this situation will change anytime soon.
President Bush will leave a legacy of hate for us that will take many
decades to cleanse. He has packed virtually every court and every civil
service position in the land with people who don't like us. So, even
with the most tolerant of new presidents, gays will be unable to break
free from this yoke of hate. Courts rule against gays with hateful
regularity. And of course the Supreme Court is not going to give us our
equality, and in the end, it is from the Supreme Court that such
equality must come. If all of this is not hate, I do not know what hate

Our feeble gay movement confines most of its demands to marriage. But
political candidates are not talking about — and we are not demanding
that they talk about — equality. My lover and I don't want to get
married just yet, but we sure want to be equal.

You must know that gays get beaten up all the time, all over the world.
If someone beats you up because of who you are — your race or ethnic
origin — that is considered a hate crime. But in most states, gays are
not included in hate crime measures, and Congress has refused to
include us in a federal act.

Homosexuality is a punishable crime in a zillion countries, as is any
activism on behalf of it. Punishable means prison. Punishable means
death. The U.S. government refused our requests that it protest after
gay teenagers were hanged in Iran, but it protests many other foreign
cruelties. Who cares if a faggot dies? Parts of the Episcopal Church in
the U.S. are joining with the Nigerian archbishop, who believes gays
should be put in prison. Episcopalians! Whoever thought we'd have to
worry about Episcopalians?

Well, whoever thought we'd have to worry about Florida? A young gay man
was just killed in Florida because of his sexual orientation. I get
reports of gays slain in our country every week. Few of them make news.
Fewer are prosecuted. Do you consider it acceptable that 20,000
Christian youths make an annual pilgrimage to San Francisco to pray for
gay souls? This is not free speech. This is another version of hate. It
is all one world of gay-hate. It always was.

Gays do not realize that the more we become visible, the more we come
out of the closet, the more we are hated. Don't those of you straights
who claim not to hate us have a responsibility to denounce the hate?
Why is it socially acceptable to joke about "girlie men" or to
discriminate against us legally with "constitutional" amendments
banning gay marriage? Because we cannot marry, we can pass on only a
fraction of our estates, we do not have equal parenting rights and we
cannot live with a foreigner we love who does not have government
permission to stay in this country. These are the equal protections
that the Bill of Rights proclaims for all?

Why do you hate us so much that you will not permit us to legally love?
I am almost 72, and I have been hated all my life, and I don't see much
change coming.

I think your hate is evil.

What do we do to you that is so awful? Why do you feel compelled to
come after us with such frightful energy? Does this somehow make you
feel safer and legitimate? What possible harm comes to you if we marry,
or are taxed just like you, or are protected from assault by laws that
say it is morally wrong to assault people out of hatred? The reasons
always offered are religious ones, but certainly they are not based on
the love all religions proclaim.

And even if your objections to gays are religious, why do you have to
legislate them so hatefully? Make no mistake: Forbidding gay people to
love or marry is based on hate, pure and simple.

You may say you don't hate us, but the people you vote for do, so
what's the difference? Our own country's democratic process declares us
to be unequal. Which means, in a democracy, that our enemy is you. You
treat us like crumbs. You hate us. And sadly, we let you.


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