Society seems to have a tendency for taking 2 steps forward and 3 steps back or at least so it often appears. And in the case of LGBT rights this seems just as true as always. In the last few months the right to same-sex marriage has progressed quite exponentially across the country. Either in spite of or because of this, a lot of LGBT hate-crimes have also been happening more frequently.
As a matter of routine I follow a great deal of blogs and facebook pages that deal with all matters of LGBT life because I like to know what’s happening. So when I read this article, discussing how a Sirius/XM radio show recently advocating the murder of trans individuals I really can’t remember the last time I’ve been so disgusted or horrified in my entire life.
This is a quote from the show itself:
There’s a teen that shot a tranny after finding out that it was a man after they had a little sexual encounter. A co-host responded, I don’t blame him. I would have shot his ass too.
If your argument for murdering someone is you were afraid your sexuality was being challenged there is a special place in hell for you number one and two, you’re clearly not as much of a big strong man as you’d like everyone to believe. If someone being trans or gay is threatening to your sexuality, you clearly have some latent homosexual feelings that you clearly need to be dealing with.
Also for the fucking record because apparently this needs to be stated, just because someone was not born a woman, does not mean they are not a woman now. So using the wrong pronouns isn’t cute.
I won’t add into this the whole it’s 2013 what the fuck is wrong with people because frankly it shouldn’t be acceptable at any year.
I get it, we in America have freedom of speech, we can say what we feel and believe. But there’s a limit, and hate speech is not covered by the first amendment. Neither for that matter is advocating murder of any kind.
It isn’t cute. It isn’t funny and it certainly should not be radio fodder. And while Sirius/XM claims that it’s a show provided to them by Clear Channel and there isn’t much they can do without Clear Channel making the first step… it’s still unacceptable and something needs to be done. Because people shouldn’t have to chose between living their life in a way that’s honest and open and their safety. Just because you’re uncomfortable with someone’s life choices doesn’t give you the right to decide they shouldn’t be allowed to live. You have no idea what their life is like how dare you think you know best and you have the right to take their life from them.
It’s absolute bullshit nonsense and in case you thought these stories of LGBT hate crimes were coming out of places that are known for being homophobic and transphobic, one of them happened in LA, several in Paris, France and a few dozen hate crimes in NYC. These aren’t small town places anymore. It isn’t just Laramie, Wyoming or Uganda where the government has come up with the Kill the Gays bill. It’s a movement that in spite of a lot of changing tides and a lot more people accepting that being gay isn’t a choice and isn’t actually going to bring about the end of humanity, is still growing. It’s a reality that we are all going to have to face before it’s too late.