#Repost. Text by my extraordinary friend @ehill76 ・・・
Fair warning: This is not a light post. I rarely get political on my social media, largely because I use it for work and for posting the silly things I do and like. Given November 6 is around the corner, I cannot ignore my reaction to the film “Boy Erased.” For those of you who are unfamiliar with the movie, it’s about Conversion Therapy, otherwise known as “Pray the gay away” therapy. I was so uncomfortable during the film for the obvious reason that this type of therapy is ruled by FEAR, denial and hate - all in the name of “God.” What was most upsetting to me as I sat through the movie was coming face to face with my own internalized homophobia that I foolishly thought was “healed,” because I am out and proud. I, like every other person in this world, grew up in a heteronormative society where I wasn’t even really exposed to anyone who was “gay,” and if I was, the message I received was, “we just don’t talk about that.” To my little being, what I was left to deduce then was, “GAY IS WRONG.” Therefore, deep inside, I felt that something was WRONG with ME. It’s a hard feeling to shake when those hateful messages are still so rampant.
If you think MANY in our current administration don’t share the views of these conversion therapists on some level, you are kidding yourself. If you want to just keep voting based on what’s “good for the economy” (and good for your pocket), you are contributing to this hate. As accepting and forgiving a person I am, it’s getting harder and harder to see you as a friend of mine.