I fully support the right of anyone, heterosexual or LGBTQIA, to believe anything they want and will never judge and rarely even acknowledge their failings within that belief. They will take care of that right nicely all by themselves.

On a physical plane, I believe you have the right to swing your arm right up to where my nose begins. Most fervent believers in gods believe they must bloody my nose, some metaphorically and some quite literally.

Far be it from me to question anyone's right to believe in fairy tales. Within any good story there are teachings of morality, values and judgment. Within the Christian faith for instance:

"There are 6 admonishments in the Bible concerning homosexual activity and our enemies are always throwing them up to us usually in a vicious way and very much out of context. What they don't want us to remember is that there are 362 admonishments in the Bible concerning heterosexual activity. I don't mean to imply by this that God doesn't love straight people, only that they seem to require a great deal more supervision." from Butch Fatale, the work of my good friend, recent alligator hunter and wonderful lesbian performer Lynn Lavner.

I believe that there is no good and no evil; there only is. Individual persons attach labels to everything and are then willing to stand behind their beliefs with hate, law or guns. There certainly have been uncounted deaths through the course of human history in the name of gods; there has been undue pain, suffering and misery. Yet never once, never, has anyone ever produced one shred of evidence to back up the fairy tales past several compilations of stories that contain as much contradiction as direction. All the while there are many gods from which to choose. If there truly is a god, which one is the right one? Could it be my own?

I know it is impossible to argue a person's faith because faith is based on a belief without evidence. A belief once chosen is rarely changeable as a life is generally built on that belief and changing the belief requires reexamination of an entire life; an examination most persons are unwilling to do in any real measure. While reexamining my life many years ago I arrived at the understanding that the beliefs I had were incompatible with reality as I understood it. That incompatibility required my facing up to the fact that my life required a new direction; making changes, taking a new direction, believing in myself, not in a fairy tale, revealed a very Espinozaian confidence in self that has brought me great happiness and success. I stand for no one’s critique.

Let's face it, haters need to hate. Haters like to hide behind the vestments of a church. Many churches like hate because it fills the till. Those are the facts and they are not in dispute; that’s a line from a favorite movie. So today, you, I and our greater LGBTQIA family are the target; the good news here is that the haters are leaving some other minority group alone for the moment.

The bad news for the haters is that they picked an unlikely group. While hating requires little more than a venomous belief, being hated requires ingenuity, courage, resources and time; gays have them all in great measure. Some gays and lesbians have fallen and more will fall.  Many LGBTQIA have and will continue to experience great pain and suffering in the process of social change. However, as in all great social upheavals in the end the haters must succumb to the law which each year we in greater and greater measure dictate.

We now have a President who made mention of Stonewall in his inauguration speech "...just as it guided our forbearers through Seneca Falls, and Selma, and Stonewall...", a President who stated “Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law – for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.” Gays do in fact have an agenda; the gay agenda is to be treated with dignity and respect, the inalienable right of every human being.