If you read this blog regularly, you know there are certain principles from which I never retreat, and that I view as very black and white. One of those principles is the unequivocal and unconditional support of the LGBTQ community.
As long as I draw breath, type words into sentences, and post them on this blog, I will use my voice to denounce bigotry and violence of all kinds. I don't have patience, and I mean NO patience, for this kind of shit.
Look at this shit right here. This photo was taken at a Pride event in Anchorage. Someone I follow on Twitter posted it, and the person whose face you can see is trying (in vain, I assume) to talk sense into two assholes protesting gay marriage and presuming to speak for Jesus Christ Himself.
Now, let's ask ourselves what kind of person does this. What kind of person wakes up in the morning and says to themselves, "Hmm. I think I'll go out in public not two weeks after the Orlando massacre and provoke a bunch of LGBTQ people--because they don't get enough of that of course--in one of the only spaces truly meant just for them and their allies, and get up in their faces about religion and a Supreme Court decision that's a fait accompli."
Seriously? Who does this?
Now I'm also unequivocally pro choice, but even abortion protests are more understandable and less offensive than this. I can see how people get worked up about unborn children, when they become children, how there is real balancing to do with the life of a child versus the life of a mother. It is possible to have real, philosophical debates and questions about life and death on that subject.
Not so here. Not at all.
Not so with LGBTQ people, their marriages, or anything else about their lives. What kind of person decides to spend their time thinking and worrying SO much about gay sex or transgendered people that they are literally flying up from Texas (as these two were rumored to have done, though they also might be local, but whatever) to wear provocative, offensive, and decidedly UNCHRISTIAN T- shirts and get into people's faces about their lives? People whose existence, by the way, objectively has ZERO fucking impact whatsoever on them?
A very sad person. That's who.
The Twitter user who posted this picture reported that the individual arguing with these two wingnuts gave up trying to reason with them and just said "y'all are crazy." But really, it's more than just crazy. It's sad.
Sad that this is their idea of Jesus and the Bible. Because of course Jesus had a documented stance on this topic. M'kay. Sad that they themselves might be victims of institutionalized homophobia or transphobia and hate themselves, so they turn their self hatred outward. Sad that this is how they need to engage the world. To me someone like this deserves sympathy in equal measure to scorn.
But when I'm done feeling a little sympathy, I'm back to scorn and rage. Because really, showing up to Pride in T-shirts like this and trying to justify your prejudices to the LGBTQ community is just fucking pathetic and wrong.
They should be ashamed of themselves and relieved no one can see their faces.