Little Meme

I actually didn't see an anti-homophobia meme... but this one made me very glad... so I'm spreading it.

Stolen from nosferatu_blue:

I am the mother who told her lesbian daughter to invite her girlfriend over for dinner.

I am the father who punished his son for calling you a fag.

I am the preacher who told my congregation that love, not hate, is the definition of a true follower of God.

I am the girl who did not learn the meaning of "homosexual" until high school but never thought to question why two men might be kissing.

I am the woman who argues (quite loudly and vehemently) with the bigots who insist that you do not have the right to marry or raise children.

We are the high school class who agrees, unanimously, along with our teacher, that love should be all that matters.

If you agree, repost this. Do it. You don't have to be afraid. You can handle it. You're stronger than you think.

Hate will not win.

(Yes, it's still important to know that homophobia creates sad scenarios and terrible injustice in the world, but it's not all sad. I like positive things. I need positive things, and seeing this made me smile.)
I saw this one circulating a year or so back... and I don't think it's ever the wrong time for it to make a reappearance.
*blushes cheerfully*

It is lovely... and I'll admit that I do prefer the positive spin on it... *sighs* Just... makes me feel like even some of the small things matter...
Thanks for this. I hadn't seen it, and it's been too many years since I posted a declaration. ♥
I posted one similar to this last year, but it's always wonderful to see it again and be reminded that there are wonderful people in the world.
Mmm... good to know this goes around. *smiles*

Yay! There are good people... no matter how much everyone seems to concentrate on the awful ones...
I looked mine up from last year and I like this one you posted better.

It works from the positive and what we can all do to make the world better. I like that. :D
Mmhm... Yeah. I think it's important.

I get... tired of people who can only rant about how bad things are and never even try to imagine what *good* someone could do about it.
I have nothing against anger.

It's a good first step, to be aware that there is a problem; but what gets me frustrated is that people nearly never go further than that.

Anger's a good spur, but people need to use their powers and imagination to figure out how to do what they can do and then DO IT.

I actually have done a great deal about this very issue. You might know that my own son has had to deal with this kind of bullying and I've talked to teachers and school authorities.

The thing is, until parents stop teaching their children intolerance nothing helps.

You have! And that's much better than many.

And now I feel like a self-righteous prig and an idiot for rubbing your face in my luck.

I apologize and could wish you better luck, but you're entirely right, anger would probably be the only thing I could feel in a situation where I couldn't affect anything.

Edited at 2009-04-17 03:16 am (UTC)
Oh no, please don't feel that way! I didn't get that impression at all. :)

It just can be frustrating to feel like you are throwing yourself what seems to be a very deeply ingrained prejudice among American people. You get to the point where you realize there is no reason involved with many people.
Okay. Thank you...

And, yeah, it is very frustrating to know people for whom it's just ingrained, a part of how they see the world rather than something they can learn.

My sister sometimes likes to say, "Well, we'll just have to wait until they die off."
I love this to bits. So much more than the other one actually. I sincerely believe that you don't stop anyone from hating someone else by hating them in return. That just doesn't work. Maybe if we can show everyone the positive things in the world thought... Who knows :)

I am the girl who did not learn the meaning of "homosexual" until high school but never thought to question why two men might be kissing.

This is me. From beginning to end. We had a homosexual couple (I think they were married even) living a few houses away when I was growing up and it never even occured to me to think of that as strange.
My classmate had two moms. They were really nice and one of them was a reading mom and she really helped me along with my reading. That's what I remember of them.

In the second grade of highschool a friend came out to me and was all scared I might tell her I didn't like her for it and I was surprised. i think that is about when I found out that it might not be thought of as normal. It is a wonderful way to grow up.
It *is* a wonderful way to grow up.

I want Jet to grow up that way, too, which I think is why I have him in our church as much as possible, with all our same sex couples right out there for everyone to know and interact with and learn with.

You give me more hope with this, too... *laughs* Thank you.
*smiles happily* I hope you can let him grow up like that. I think it'd be wonderful.

I still think it's amazing your church is so accepting. I let a friend of mine read the letter the lesbian moms send to the congregation members that you posted. She thought it was wonderful.

Also, check out my last post.