The First and Hopefully the Last

Gay symbols near Westerkerk in Amsterdam

Gay symbols near Westerkerk in Amsterdam (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I am so angry, for so many reasons now, and I hope I can write coherently though I am not certain I can. I am literally writing through tears. My heart is racing and I am so angry, sad and frightened that I am not certain there are words for it all. I find myself walking away from the keyboard and back again because I am so overwhelmed.

Yesterday a lunatic open fired, after an argument, at the offices of the Family Research Council. The assailant had volunteered with a local LGBTQ organization. For those not in the know, FRC supports a vigorously anti-LGBTQ agenda. They are against marriage equality and have claimed over and again, despite every reputable mental health organization disputing them, that homosexuals are far more likely to be pedophiles than heterosexuals. We are supposed to believe somehow that this could not possibly lead to fear, hatred and violence toward the LGBTQ community.

For the record, what this asshole did angers me for so many reasons. First and foremost because violence is never acceptable except in the immediate defense of one’s person or loved ones. Second, as was to be expected this has cast our entire side of the argument in a negative light, which is ridiculous in the extreme.

The FRC and its allies have complained that this one act is the result of the FRC being labeled a hate group. The hypocrisy is almost too much to bear. They have consistently demonized an entire segment of our population, exposing us to derision and violence. I live in a very LGBTQ friendly neighborhood and still I have hetero sexist and cis sexist neighbors who feel perfectly comfortable menacing me, following me and making allusions to how they would like to harm me, just for my being. Things have gotten better but they are nowhere near where they should be.

Through all this those that have incited violence against us play the victim card. Because somehow wanting to keep an eye on the activities of groups that promote hate so that we can counter their influence is an act of hate, more so than calling people who want to live and love in peace monsters that victimize children. Somehow this one incident, the first real Leftist violence, if it is even that, in almost fifty years reflects on our entire movement, but the near constant violence against LGBTQ individuals, the regular shooting up of a women’s health clinic or LGBTQ safe space should not reflect on the Right.

I am glad the guard was not killed. I am happy that he will survive.  I hope he and his family recover quickly from this trauma. I hope that this is the last act of such violence from anyone regardless of their political affiliation ever. Finally, I hope this does not convince anyone to stop calling out the real hate mongers in this country for their actions and words. They have done real harm and while they never, ever, deserve to face violence for it, we deserve to be aware of who they are so we can discuss among ourselves how destructive their behavior is.

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4 thoughts on “The First and Hopefully the Last

  1. Christine,
    I, too, came unhinged when learning of this assault. I may be a total lunatic and paranoid, but a huge part of me wondered if this was some nefarious horrific conspiracy from the far right to help continue to vilify the LGBTQ community. I want to add that the FRC is a recognized Hate Group by the SPLC, but my heart goes out to those affected. I also like your concluding paragraph: “Finally, I hope this does not convince anyone to stop calling out the real hate mongers in this country for their actions and words. They have done real harm and while they never, ever, deserve to face violence for it, we deserve to be aware of who they are so we can discuss among ourselves how destructive their behavior is.”

  2. Thank you for posting this, Christine. I had not heard about this and otherwise might not have. Your anger and frustration are both completely understandable. This is a tragedy and a terrible situation, for many reasons. First, the violence like you mentioned. But also, like you mentioned, because of the reaction to it from the Right. Sometimes I am in bitter awe of their quick, almost natural ability, to spin everything in a way that makes them appear as the victim or the ones with ‘true values.’

    I agree with Michael and I really like your concluding paragraph. I like it because it’s not only well-written, but because I agree 100% with you.

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