On Homosexuality and Tolerance

In school, I had a friend, a best friend.  She was sweet and funny and awesome.  And she had a secret.  I knew the secret, and it didn’t matter to me.  It didn’t change her at all.  She was still sweet, funny, and awesome.  She played tetherball like a champion and could juggle five rocks.  And she had a secret.  We both loved to turn over rocks and see what kind of bugs were underneath.  We shared a hatred for the color pink and the wearing of skirts.  We both agreed that Diet Dr. Pepper was tastier than regular Dr. Pepper.  We shared a fascination with electronics and both got in trouble for taking things apart to see how they worked.

And she had a secret.

One day, when she was 16, someone found out her secret.

And they told people.

And my best friend took a gun, put it in her mouth, and pulled the trigger.

You see, my best friend was a lesbian.  And intolerant, hateful people spent so much time and energy telling her how disgusting she was that she couldn’t cope with them knowing she was a lesbian.  She couldn’t handle the psychological and emotional abuse her ‘loving Christian’ parents foisted on her.  She was actively tortured by a ‘re-education’ camp.

Every now and then, I come across someone who says ‘well, homosexuality is wrong and unnatural’.  And when they say those words, I hear those words for what they are really saying.  ‘I’m a murderer, and I killed your best friend.’

© 2011, Within this mind. All rights reserved.

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About Kinda Strange

I am a student at the University of Phoenix majoring in information technology. This is where I come to babble incoherently…err…make notes, talk about things that catch my interest, share ideas, etc...
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