So said Harvey Milk. Â Decades later, poll after poll (here’s the most recent one at Gallup) confirms this. Respondents’ positions on gay civil equality issues are hugely different when they actually know the LGBT people in their families and their lives. Sure, a surprising number continue to justify withholding constitutional protections from LGBT people even when they know us. But a majority who know us believe we deserve equality. Â Clearly we must make ourselves known.
Many of us write the stories of our families’ lives online — you can find scores of them among Monday’sÂ Blogging for LGBT Families DayÂ Â entriesÂ over at Mombian. Â I’ll bet most of us began to chronicle our families so as to help keep one another company, maybe to solicit and share insight about how to pilot our families through the whitewaters we’re in as “alternative” families squarely in the political crosshairs. Â That’s what motivated me, initially. Â But we’re also writing for, and with, others.Â
Two such Blogging for LGBT Families Day contributors are St from Playa Minded and Haley from eyeJunkie. Â St is a straight and devout Christian ally, and in “Blogging for Equality,”Â she writes about research she’s done on New Testament scripture and homosexuality. Â Haley is also straight and Christian and deeply examining the core truths in LGBT families, as well as her feelings about us. Her post, “The One Where I Come Out… And Say It” is amazingly honest, and heart-felt, showing those of us who would wish to touch someone like her just what it’s like to be in the middle of a challenging process of change. Â Where this process will lead to, not even she knows. Â But it’s very much worth bearing witness to. So are the comments following it. Â Dana Rudolph drew attention to it at Mombian following Blogging for LGBT Families day, and today reposted her Mombian post at Bilerico. Â If you haven’t read it yet, please do.