A very real question has come to my mind, expressed in several different ways by different people and it is this…
Is it really worth the time and effort to write about and seek to debunk the lies, half truths, and misinformation presented by individuals who have already made up their minds regarding LGBT people; who insist on making inflammatory remarks in the hopes of not only riling their own constituents, but to try and do harm to others? People with whom there is little chance of meaningful dialogue?
For me the simple answer is “yes.”
It is vital we stand up against such people and institutions where ever we find them because to do otherwise is to grant them a power over us they have not earned and do not deserve. There is a famous quote from Edmund Burke:
“All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.”
I have said it before and I will say it again, I am but one small voice in the vastness of the universe, but if just one other hears me and from my words gains hope, then it was worth every moment.
If I believe I have nothing to offer, that there are others who can speak better for me than I can for myself; if I turn aside because I think this one small blog, this tiny place, has no use or meaning, then I have indeed done nothing. It might be I am simply “preaching to the choir” or being an ant pounding on a fortress wall and in the end accomplish nothing of measure… but maybe, just maybe there is one person out there who is like I was in the beginning, searching for answers, hoping to find a glimmer of hope to give me a promise of a future I could not yet see. Just one person who might, by chance, happen upon this place and read what I have written and know they are not alone, that those things they have read by people who hate them not for who they are but what they are do not stand unopposed.
Yes, most of you who read this blog are aware of the issues I speak of, some of you are Transgender or Transsexual, some of you are allies. Some of you have love ones who are Trans. You know many of the things I speak of, you have seen them, heard them, lived them. You are my choir. It is true many of you share the same thoughts and feelings as I, but I ask you, what of the person who is struggling, who is trying to keep their head above the waters of confusion and doubt? What of the teen, who sitting alone in front of the computer, read the hateful words I seek to speak against? For him, for her, I write in the face of others hatred and fear because that child needs to know they are not alone. They are not freaks or abominations or anything other than human beings who deserve our love and respect and who deserve the chance to live a full, happy life as who they are and not cowering in some dark hole of depression and despair.
I have been there, you have been there. We have watched others who have won and lost their battles there. I long for a day when such things are resigned to the history books and B rated horror movies, when no one will be able to imagine ever having to live such a life.
This is why I write. This is why, when I find an article or post or opinion piece which speaks nothing but hatred… I will speak against it. I will seek to tear down the walls of lies they have built, not for those who know the truth but for those who do not.
One day at a time. One mind at a time. One heart at a time and we can change the world.