Posted by: Aunt Magaidh | October 1, 2010

Straight, but not narrow

I am straight, but not narrow.

For years I’ve been a straight ally.  With the recent teenage suicides of kids who have been bullied because of their orientation, I felt that I just needed to say something.

To my family and friends…

I believe that bullying is WRONG, that name calling really CAN hurt someone, and that acceptance/tolerance of differences is important . If you can’t handle this about me, you should think about why we are related/connected to each other.

I’m not going to try to convince you to my way of thinking.   But I will share with you some of my points of view and experiences.

  • I have friends and family who are or were gay/lesbian/bisexual.  It is more important to me that we love each other for who we are and what we share rather than our sexual orientation.
  • I remember being in a nonprofit organization supposedly known for not being gender/sexual-orientation biased, and having a supervisor ask me if I was supporting gays because it was trendy.  I was appalled.
  • I’ve worked with gays, lesbians and bisexuals in my work places.  I have had students who were gay, lesbian or bisexual.
  • I grew up with a gay uncle in the house.  I spent my teenage years with a large extended family of gay men in my life.  My brother and I were the “adopted” nephew and niece of a number of gay men who had been disowned and discarded by their families because they were gay.
  • I have worked in very male-dominated/macho settings and had to bluntly tell coworkers that they needed to check their homophobic comments whenever they were working in my vicinity because it wasn’t appropriate and downright unwelcome.
  • I have told my kid – and the kids that are around me – that I can care less who they love/are attracted to as long as that person is good to them.  If  their partner isn’t good to them, then we have a problem.
  • I’ve told my kid that if any of her friends ever need a place to feel safe to talk about being LGBT, they are welcome in our home.
  • I have been a member of a “welcoming congregation” church – when I’ve been an active member of a church.
  • I believe that being straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual is NOT a lifestyle choice; it is how you are wired.  It’s part of your physical existence – and just as much of a choice as having brown or blue eyes.  And by the way – God doesn’t make junk.

Here are a few links where you can find information, should you be interested.

Please feel free to not read my blog if this offends you.  Peace.

Magaidh

Update 10/3/10:

There is a growing group of people who want to encourage our LGBT children to persevere and hold on to hope.  Here are a couple of links that have come to my attention in the last couple of days.

Thank you, people, thank you.

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Responses

  1. Thanks, Kat. The world can use more of your kind. Your family, too.


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