Monday, October 11, 2010
Bullying, Homophobia, and the Holy Monsters
I was trying to write my bully story, because after the recent deaths of so many bullied gay kids in the United States, so many others are speaking out.
I wish I could have talked to this kid for five minutes. I wish I could have told Billy that it gets better. I wish I could have told him that, however bad things were, however isolated and alone he was, it gets better.
So I figured it was my turn eh? Because if they can be brave enough to speak about things most people want to forget, so can I.
But then I saw this story.
The teenager hit him in the face and burned him with a cigarette on his nipple and penis as the others jeered and shouted gay slurs, the police said. Then the attackers whipped the man with a chain and sodomized him with a small baseball bat.
And I couldn't continue. Because I can't write about bullying when I'm angry. Not when it took so many years to drive the anger out of me. An anger that almost consumed me.
And still makes me want to bash bullies like those cowards in New York. Even though I now know that's not the right thing to do. And that if I did hurt them, I'd regret it for the rest of my life.
Because as hard as it still is for me to accept, those bestial bullies are only the pathetic tools of others. Those who send out and spread the message that gay is bad, demolish the self worth of children, and whether they want it or not, encourage others to attack them.
Those are the ones who make the wounds. Like the twisted old man who wrote this:
The proper reaction to crimes committed against homosexual persons should not be to claim that the homosexual condition is not disordered. When such a claim is made and when homosexual activity is consequently condoned, or when civil legislation is introduced to protect behavior to which no one has any conceivable right, neither the Church nor society at large should be surprised when other distorted notions and practices gain ground, and irrational and violent reactions increase.
Pope Benedict. Who would dare suggest that gay rights are to blame for anti-gay violence.
And all the other holy monsters who invoke the name of their ape God, to attack the good and the gentle. For they are the evil ones, whose perfumed hands are covered with the blood of the innocent.
Just like the Harper Cons are at least partially responsible for this wave of homophobic violence.
For sending out the message that gay people are second class citizens. And doing NOTHING to fight homophobia.
Oh well. I'm getting angry again. That's all I can write tonight. So I'll leave you with two videos.
One that shows that whatever the evil ones say about them, or whatever they do to them.
Gay kids are AWESOME...
And the other to show that while it does get better for gay kids.
Bullies are LOSERS.
So for them it only gets WORSE...
Hey. Whatever it takes to get out the message. Gay kids are good.
Bullies are BAD.
And if we want to end homophobic violence.
We must fight the monsters who make the WOUNDS...