- Posted August 2, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
I'm Gay and I support Chick-Fil-A (Part 2)
- Jareen, CNN iReport producer
For proof this can happen simply refer to the Occupy Wall-Street movement. At it's beginning I think the Occupy movement was just a group of people who were outraged that Wall-Street hadn't faced any punishment for it's crimes and contribution to the recession of 2008. After months of peaceful protesting it finally attracted the attention of the media. With the attention of the media came the attention of the anti-Occupy people and thus the infiltration of their organization by a relative few. Within weeks of that happening Occupy was turned from a noble movement simply attempting to hold those responsible accountable into a rag tag assembly of perceived hippies, druggies, and anarchists. That wasn't and isn't what the Occupy movement is about. In that same turn it needs to be made clear to the bystanders who look on the LGBT movement that this movement for equality isn't about forcing beliefs upon anyone. I fully support same-sex marriage and I will do everything I am asked to do to further that mission. Yet for all my support I do not try to force someone to believe in my lifestyle or my goals. The only thing that I ask for, and that I hope people realize the LGBT movement asks for is acceptance and understanding. We always fear what we don't understand and it is my strong belief that what is responsible for much of the rhetoric surrounding the movement for equality is fear.
Let me be clear I am not a self-hating Gay. I am not anti-Gay. I am not a Chick-Fil-A imposter. I am not a Republican in disguise. I am me. Nearly 20 years old, actively interested in politics and issues surrounding this nation and pursuing a career of journalism. I'm an ardent Obama supporter. I am gay and I am dating someone. But none of this should matter to you. What should matter is that I am a young man interested in the goings on of our society and am one of the ever dwindling numbers that can look at things with an open mind.
We need to stop the hate that surrounds..........well everything today. For my support of President Obama I’ve been called a “fascist communist socialistic pig who doesn't love America.” For my liberal views I've been essentially ex-communicated by my blood grandfather. For my being gay my grandmother doesn't talk to me much more than she absolutely must. Do I look at any of these people with hate? No. I try to understand what they might be thinking. Where they are coming from. It's my feeling that America is growing more detached from each other and less supportive of it's core values. This nation was founded as “We the people” and on principles of the right to Life Liberty and Property. We must get back to understanding what that means and how it can apply to our daily life.
Whether you read this as a Liberal or a Conservative, LGBT or straight, Christian or atheist or any other religious belief, I want you to take from this this very simple message: We are all Americans and we all care about the same things. We all want equality, we just don't yet know the right way to achieve it. I am gay and I can tell you without a doubt I fully support those like me as well as those completely different from me because that's what makes our country better than most. We can disagree online and in person and on air as much as we want and at the end of the day nobody is hung for what they said and we all still can be united as people. This country faces serious issues and it's time that we get serious answers. I don't give a damn what Chick-Fil-A or The Home Depot or Gap or any other corporation thinks about gays. I care what my leaders think about equality. It's time to stop dancing around the issue and ask our leaders to give us real cohesive answers to this question: When? When will we have true equality in this country?