Still with us, is the “Misunderstanding American”, those subscribing to a religious doctrine that defines what a homosexual is (or what you deserve for homosexual behavior), the “Silent Ally American”, those who intellectually understand and support equal civil rights, gender equality, and the LGBT movement, but do nothing to challenge homophobia, biphobia or transphobia, and of course, at our very worst, the “Radicalized Hate-filled American”, those willing to take extreme acts of pure hatred on lesbian, gay, bi, or trans people in order to ‘cleanse’ or ‘correct’ society.
And, we still have the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance getting repealed last Fall. We still have HB2 in North Carolina this Spring. And before Summer could give us another disappointing reminder of the reality of where the movement is, we had the deadliest mass shooting in American history in Orlando with 49 slain (Virginia Tech being the next deadliest). This movement has had joys and sorrows, victors and victims. And it needs more ordinary people like me and you.
As I write, I think what this article is really about, is a call to action for more of the Silent Ally Americans to wake up and recognize that you are needed. I’ve been a Silent Ally for the majority of my life. There is power in numbers, and I believe the LGBT community has the numbers if the majority of Silent Allies turn into Real Allies. Take action to challenge the poisonous phobias, question the individuals complicit in perpetuating religious teachings that are out of step with the morals of the 21st century, and speak out against legislation that fails to protect marginalized minority citizens. ?
?I hope when my children are old enough to understand what this is all about, Pride month will be more about commemorating the fight and struggle in our country for the LGBT community. But something in the back of my mind knows that, this is but a fantasy. We have a lot of work to do.