Fighting Undeserved Judgement, Part I
June 29, 2012
This is Kephen Merancis and I am responding through the blog entry because the News Tribune seems to be reluctant to post my response to Mr. Pavely...
"I am writing a two part response to Mr. Pavely, who wrote that he thinks gay people living out in the open is offensive. I am curious to know if he finds other types of people living out in the open to be offensive? What about people of other ethnicities, other religions, perhaps people of other social classes than himself? And what exactly does he mean by "living out it the open?"
He says that being gay is not a normal part of society. What he wanted to say is that he doesn't think that being gay is an acceptable part of society as he perceives it. And when Mr. Pavely gave away his age, he also made me understand why he has these opinions of people like me.
From the early 1900's to the 1960's or so, a lot of schools used videos that were intended to protect children from child serial killers, pedophiles, etc. These vidoes were supported and promoted by government officials and they were believed to be useful in teaching children how to avoid being kidnapped and becoming victims of sexual abuse. In these videos pedophiles were synonymous with homosexuals and it wasn't until the late 1960's and 1970's when people began to realize this mistake.
Pedophiles can be gay or straight, male or female, young or old. For generations, children were told that gay people were bad people and only in the last fifty years those videos have been stopped and people now understand that gay people are not criminals; we are people just like everyone else and the only difference is that we fall in love with those of the same gender. Being gay, does not make someone a bad person, character is not defined by orientation.
Staying in the closet is not an acceptable existence. Being shunned, disrespected, hated, harassed is not an acceptable existence either. Tolerance doesn't mean someone has to partake in anything, doesn't mean they have to love or like anyone, it simply means that they accept that there are other people in the world who are different than they and that they won't intentionally negatively impact those people's lives. Live and let live.
In my next letter to the editor, I will give part two of my response to Mr. Pavely, so please keep an eye out."
In response to:
The letter published by the News Tribune June 11 from Kephen Merancis, Linn, concerning LGBT people is once again an attempt to promote LGBT people as a normal part of society. Nothing could be further from the truth.