An Op-Ed We Should All Take to Heart

Pussy Riot, Russia’s 100 year ban on gay Pride, Chick-fil-A, the Bachmanns–of late, there always seems to be some sort of anti-queer headline, serving as harbinger of some far more sad, sinister sentiment. Today, John Carroll reminds us not to rest on our collective laurels–and to take to the streets and shout. His piece begins:

“I have to admit, it’s been a long time since I’ve felt the need to be politically active. Like many other LGBT people, I moved away from my small town and into the big city. I surrounded myself with many gay/gay friendly people and never felt or thought about discrimination during my day-to-day living. Complacency, I’ve learned, is a horrible state of mind.

A few weeks ago, when Mike Huckabee spoke out in favor of Chick-fil-A’s antigay stance and called for an ‘appreciation day,’ thousands upon thousands of like-minded people showed up, including everybody’s favorite, Sarah Palin (though truth be told, I think she would probably go to the opening of a car door at this point). That day, the antigay establishment reached record-breaking sales.

It woke me up.

Though Huckabee and Palin might not be high on most people’s lists of reputable, responsible mouthpieces, the fact of the matter is when they speak, people listen.

Where is the ringleader on our team?”

Hooked? Read the rest of the piece here.

And, as he implores, we do so similarly: get out, get active, get involved (with whatever organization you see fit), get loud–because like it or not, the culture war is upon us. And our good fortune this time around? The framework–the non-profits, the political groups, the non-political collaboratives–is already there for us, we just have to use it. As John Carroll says:

“Though do not let it anger you in the way that you want to do something harmful. Let it fuel your internal fire to do something great. Our founding fathers put their lives on the line to create this magnificent country. What are we going to do? I for one am going to channel my inner Larry Kramer, get informed, get political, and get proactive. It is time to get out and shout!”