I am not homosexual, but my life has been positively influenced by those who happen to be homosexual since I was six years old. I don’t like to argue with people, but this is the one issue (along with racism) which I have historically not been able to remain silent about. When I was in high school, I saw so many children disowned by their parents… I’ve seen the fear that a lot of young teens go through when coming to terms with their sexuality, and I’ve seen the anti-gay bigotry within my own family. My lovely best friend and her amazing wife are gay and so is my beloved, wonderful 17-year old sister in law.
I’ve made the decision today, in light of the tragic passing of laws in several states that will take away the rights of homosexuals, to actually start doing something. I’m tired of feeling helpless and frustrated, wishing and hoping for people to finally get it. I’m ready to put time into this fight.
I have no idea what to do, though. My thinking is that most people who are opposed to gay marriage do not have a lot of exposure to actual gay people, particularly gay families. The ridiculousness of bigotry against homosexuals would become readily apparent were they actually to get to know a few.
What I don’t want is to become involved in anything hateful or anger-fueled. I want to become involved in a way that is positive and sensible, to work with a group that seeks to understand the mentality of anti-gay bigotry and fight it with facts and loving-kindness. I do not want to be a part of any organization that adopts an ‘‘us’’ vs. ‘‘them’’ mentality. Does any such organization exist? Is there anyone here with experience with PFLAG or the Human Rights Campaign? What do these organizations actually do?
Just looking for feedback on how I can become involved. I am willing to put in time every weekend.