Letter to Editor: AN OPEN LETTER TO STRAIGHT PEOPLE

I know that you think you have had a hard life. I know that you feel the need to celebrate your straightness, with parades, etc.  That is your right as an American citizen.

But before you do, consider this: 

* You have likely never been told that your "heterosexuality" was a mental illness.

* You have likely never experienced a childhood terrified and confused by being born different. 

* You have never been constantly bullied, harassed, and threatened, in school just because you were born straight.

* You never had to hide your “straightness," terrified that people would find out.

* You have never been denied housing, or a promotion, or even a job, because you were straight.

* You never had your family turn their backs on you because you were straight.

* You never had to deal with a horrific plague in your community and hear people say it was God's judgement on you for being straight.

* You've never had to bury dozens of friends and loved ones because you were straight.  (Yes, I, too lost a partner of 6 years.  I lost count of all of the funerals I went to in the 90's.)

* You don't NEED to march and crusade for "straight rights;" you already have them. 

* LGBTQ people aren't trying to get "special rights."  We just want EQUAL rights.  The right to simply EXIST. 

* You haven't had to spend the last 50 years fighting for the right to marry the person that you love, or just simply to BE A PERSON, and be treated like one.

When you whine and complain about the Gay Agenda, remember this:  Our only "agenda" is simply to have what you have always had, and taken for granted.

While it's your freedom as an American citizen to have your own beliefs, we ask you to just think before you speak.  Your actions are often hurtful...to a community that has experienced more hurt, struggle, and pain than you will EVER know.  Be kind.  You don't have to agree with us. You don't even have to like us. What you do have to do is respect us and simply leave us alone.

EXAMPLE:

 I grew up and went to school with a guy with whom I reconnected on Facebook just a couple of years ago. He is heterosexual, a former pastor, absolutely believes in God and loves his family.  He and I may have different views but he has always been extremely respectful, and often likes and comments on photos that I post of myself and my husband.

I don't say his name because I don't want to embarrass him by holding him up as an example, but Like it or not, he is an example of the way we should all treat each other. Gay, straight, black, white, Christian, Muslim… it doesn't matter. Whether or not we agree with other people, we have to respect their right to exist.

– Don Wallstedt


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