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March 27th, 2006

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04:15 pm - This makes me sadder than you can possibly imagine
Found on Craigslist, via ginmar:

An Open Letter to Straights

Apparently all this time I’ve been shoving my sexuality in your face and forcing it on you. I misunderstood. I didn’t know. I am so sorry.

I mistakenly thought it was you who were shoving your lifestyle in my face when you called me faggot before I even knew what that word meant.

I thought you were forcing your sexuality on me when you and your friends cornered me in the locker room after gym class in junior high school, called me a goddamn homo and beat the shit out of me.

I thought the coach was forcing his lifestyle on me when he shouted down at my broken and bleeding body in the locker room that I asked for it because I was looking at the other guys “funny”. . .
[Read the rest]

I got the "lesbian" label stuck on me in high school. It led to a lot of the kind of torment the poster is talking about, and I will never forget how I was vilified, ignored, pushed around, etc., because I was, in the words of "friends" who'd known me since I was 5 years old, "a fucking lez." Like the poster, I didn't really know what that meant either. This brought back a lot of memories, and it just sickens me that people can treat other people like this.


I'd like to apologize for my "fellow" heterosexuals. Things like this make me ashamed to be straight.

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Date:March 28th, 2006 12:35 am (UTC)

That is one hell of a letter and needs to be WIDELY circulated. Yet the people for whom it's intended won't see themselves in it, or won't care.

But wow. Whoever wrote that deserves a medal or something...
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Date:March 28th, 2006 12:48 am (UTC)
No. The people for whom it's intended are probably the people like the person who posted this:

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Date:March 28th, 2006 12:40 am (UTC)
* huggles my V *

If you take the time to think about it, it's hard not feel ashamed by what some people do/think/act.
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Date:March 28th, 2006 12:45 am (UTC)
No worries, honey.

I learned long ago that "bigot" and "straight" are totally separate traits and there's no shame in being straight, gay, bi, undecided, or none of the above.
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Date:March 29th, 2006 09:37 am (UTC)
Some days I'm embarassed on behalf of the rest of so-called human race.

/also called a "lesbian" in high school
//her boyfriend would take issue with that now
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Date:April 1st, 2006 12:52 am (UTC)
Yeah, I think Charlie would have some words about that on me too. :-)

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