Friday, February 10, 2012
He Said It. I Believe It.
I saw that on Facebook last night. Go ahead. Click it. Harsh, right? And no, I do not love his use of "your shitty kid," or "your ugly child," but the message is valid and is resounding in my heart.
Then today, I read an article in the New Yorker. The Story of a Suicide by Ian Parker and what it all boiled down to for me was not that one kid web-cammed another in a dorm room with a guy of the same sex, but that the idea of gay sex is still a thing of such prurient interest that no one stepped up and protested the action and reported it.
And in my mind, if we could all just adopt Louis CK's message and make it clear to our kids that being gay and in love is no weirder than being not-gay and in love, then maybe kids wouldn't find it necessary to jump off bridges to their death because of their gayness.
That it is no more acceptable to call someone gay as an insult than it is to call someone nigger.
And that it is no more right to deny gay humans the right to marriage than it was to deny black humans the right to eat in restaurants with white humans. And it's just as absurd.
And that to not take the time to discuss that with our kids is also wrong. And leads to things like suicide.