In seeing all of the different articles and news on gay issues, it really got me thinking. There is two different issues in the gay community. One being the issue of marriage equality. The second the issue of gay teen suicide or just gay suicide in general. I think we need to reevaluate as the gay community and as straight allies where our money is going. We put all this money (millions of dollars) into fighting for marriage equality yet gay people still do not believe they have a place in this world. So much so that they take their lives because they see no hope in living as gay people in our world today. Putting millions of dollars into marriage equality is not all bad and I think we should be working on that front but I feel we focus a bit too much on it. Personally, I would rather see a gay youth who has been kicked out of his home have food and shelter than have my right to be married to my husband. I know I would be making a bigger difference. It is definitely complicated because I see the two sides intertwined as well. If gay marriage was legalized less gay people would kill themselves. I think that would help gay people but it does not prevent the bullying and harassment that gay people face. It has been very encouraging to see more and more support for gay marriage or people who do not support gay marriage yet are willing to still be loving, caring friends. When gay marriage is legalized, I feel it would only fuel the fire for the Church. They would be more radical in getting their message out in not supporting gay marriage. We need to support our gay brothers now before it gets worse. The issue of gay marriage could very well likely split our nation in two. There are strong voices on both sides.
Recently, $7 million was going to be cut from the New York budget that funded homeless gay youth. It has been restored but why are we short on funds to help our fellow gay brothers when we are putting all this money into an argument, a war, that is continuing to raise heat on the issue? As it has been said, we are only as strong as our weakest link. We continue to press on as the wounded lay on the ground. Their cries for help are in our ears yet we are so focused on the goal – to win the war on marriage equality. Gay marriage is a war. We should not be so focused on the goal that we do not see what else is around us.
If there is someone reading this who is struggling with their sexuality, feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would be more than happy to encourage and help in any way that I can.