November 10, 2008

Wonderful Straight Allies

Anyone who's talked to me in the past week knows that I was hugely upset by the passing of Proposition 8 (I actually wrote a post about that, and college visits distracted me from posting it, so I'll get around to it soon...). And while a few of my AMAZING AND WONDERFUL straight friends understood why it was such a big deal and were just as bothered by it as me, a lot of the kids at my school really couldn't get why I was being so down after Obama's victory.

Here's a straight ally that gets it.

Normally I'm not a huge fan of Keith Olbermann - I mean, he's fun to watch and get people riled up, but also kind of overdramatic and silly - but this rant really hit the nail on the head. I couldn't find it on YouTube, but the transcript is posted online, so you should go read it!

An excerpt, featuring the punch line:

With your knowledge that life, with endless vigor, seems to tilt the playing field on which we all live, in favor of unhappiness and hate... this is what your heart tells you to do? You want to sanctify marriage? You want to honor your God and the universal love you believe he represents? Then Spread happiness -- this tiny, symbolic, semantical grain of happiness -- share it with all those who seek it. Quote me anything from your religious leader or book of choice telling you to stand against this. And then tell me how you can believe both that statement and another statement, another one which reads only "do unto others as you would have them do unto you."

Ooh, burn.

But yeah. I do so love allies. If you're out there and you, as a straight person, support gay rights, please speak up and be supportive of the GLTB community. It means way more than you realize.

I'm hopefully going to a Join the Impact protest against Prop 8 this weekend - I've never been to a protest before, so I'm really looking forward to it!

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