My father just made me read Romans chapter 1 aloud, which is one of the gay-bashing Bible verses. The last part of it reads,
"…God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual desires for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error. Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so they do what ought not to be done, They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed, and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant, and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy. Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.” [New International Version]
My heart felt like it was going to jump out of my chest and my hands were shaking, I was so angry. I want to apologize for anyone who has ever read these hateful words and agreed with them, anyone who has ever made you feel like less of a human being to feed their misplaced sense of self-righteousness. If you are not religious, I’m sorry that this dogma is forced on you, and if you are, I’m sorry that your god declares you a second-class citizen. I’m sorry that this attitude is so pervasive in our society, and I hope that our generation is the one to turn the tables, because you’ve certainly been waiting long enough. I hope that you have people who love you for who you are, and I hope that you feel free to love whomever you want, because damn it, the world could use a little more love.
What I’m trying to say is, I’m sorry, on behalf of everyone who won’t apologize for their atrocious behavior, and there is nothing unnatural or evil about being gay, or bi, or trans, or whatever, or whomever, you are, and if someone tells you that you’re a sinner and you’re going to hell, the only response they are worthy of is, “Glass houses, bitch.”
30 Rock star and former SNL alum Tracy Morgan’s June 3rd stand-up routine drove offtrack, and eventually off a cliff when the comedian went on a homophobic tirade while onstage in Nashville, Tennessee. Morgan reportedly attacked President Obama for supporting the LGBT…
“But above all let there be pleasure. Let there be textural delight, let there be silken words and flinty words and sodden speeches and soaking speeches and crackling utterance and utterance that quivers and wobbles like rennet. Let there be rapid firecracker phrases and language that oozes like a lake of lava. Words are your birthright. Unlike music, painting, dance and raffia work, you don’t have to be taught any part of language or buy any equipment to use it, all the power of it was in you from the moment the head of daddy’s little wiggler fused with the wall of mummy’s little bubble. So if you’ve got it, use it. Don’t be afraid of it, don’t believe it belongs to anyone else, don’t let anyone bully you into believing that there are rules and secrets of grammar and verbal deployment that you are not privy to. Don’t be humiliated by dinosaurs into thinking yourself inferior because you can’t spell broccoli or moccasins. Just let the words fly from your lips and your pen. Give them rhythm and depth and height and silliness. Give them filth and form and noble stupidity. Words are free and all words, light and frothy, firm and sculpted as they may be, bear the history of their passage from lip to lip over thousands of years. How they feel to us now tells us whole stories of our ancestors.”—Stephen Fry (via thoughtfulwishing)