Dear North Carolina,
Hey! It’s me.
So… are you done with your little temper tantrum? I mean, I’d certainly hate to interrupt. What’s that? You’re through?
…Are you sure?
Okay, good! Because I have something I’d like to say.
You’re probably feeling mighty proud of yourself right now, North Carolina. What with banning same-sex marriage and all… again.You do realize that it was illegal in the first place, right? Seriously, way to kick us while we’re down. You even took it a step farther and banned all civil unions!
Wow. I must say, I am at least impressed by your resolve. You’re even willing to throw straight people under the bus just to get to us!
So go ahead, North Carolina. Give yourself a pat on the back. A round of applause. Kudos.
And be sure to enjoy it while you can.. because it may be the last time you ever get throw a hissy-fit like this again.
Because, whether you like it or not, the world around us is changing. Every single day, support is growing for gay marriage and for LGBT acceptance. And I think you know that - otherwise, why would you have bothered to even make such an amendment in the first place?
You’re being awfully silly, North Carolina. The only thing this amendment has done is establish how backwards you and the rest of the bigots in this country are.
But maybe I should credit you, because you’ve also done something else. You’ve ignited a base that doesn’t agree with your outdated way of thinking. And right now, as you read this letter, they are working to bring an end to toxic legislation like Amendment One.
You know, I may be a cynical, liberal, gay college student who is disenchanted with the system, but this little nugget of wisdom is something I have always held to be true: Love will win in the end.
So you might want to get on the ride side of history, North Carolina, before it’s too late. Because incidents like this… they end up in the history books, and history will not treat you kindly.
But if you refuse, as I suspect you might, then you should know this.
You may have won the fight, but so long as hate is the only thing on your side, then you will lose the war.
Some community members in Lenoir City, Tennessee are asking for an investigation of high school yearbook adviser James Yoakley.
What is Mr. Yoakley’s crime? He allowed an article in the 2012 yearbook titled “It’s OKAY to be gay.”
The student-written article profiled Zac Mitchell, a gay student who discussed bullying and coming out and how his family donates to pro-gay causes and breast cancer research. I know. Heinous stuff, isn’t it?
After the article came out, an email started circulating amongst the ultra-religious members of the community. They had this to say:
“It is time to take a stand for our faith. We aren’t being called to risk our lives and go before a king like Nehemiah – but our walls are broken down and our gates are burning.”
Wow! Who would have known that a call for tolerance and acceptance would be taken as an act of war by these supposed “Christians?”
Van Shaver, a board member in a nearby district, even went so far as to say that Yoakley should be fired and arrested.
“Arrested for what?!” You may ask. Child sex abuse, of course.
Shaver said that if Yoakley had asked about the sexual orientation about any child, then that must make him a sex offender.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve had just about enough of the ultra-religious right’s war on gay teens in this country. They’ve helped pass laws that make it easier for bullies to target LGBT students. They’ve claimed that gay rights are an affront to their religious freedoms. And now, after one brave high school student shared his story in the yearbook, they are trying to criminalize the yearbook adviser.
Enough is enough.
Now here’s what you can do to help stand with Mr. Yoakley and the article of acceptance he decided to publish.
Like the Facebook page - Take A Stand Against The Ignorance in Lenoir CIty
The people trying to get Mr. Yoakley fired also made a Facebook page called “Take A Stand Lenoir City,” and I encourage you to go there and RESPECTFULLY disagree with the way they are handling this incident.
These people are certainly not acting very Christ-like right about now.
LGBT students in high schools across our nation are under attack, and they need all the help and support we can give.