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Good Morning

Good morning, I am a homosexual.

Oh wait, maybe that was too much at once. What I meant to say was:

Good morning, I am an American.

I was born at 3:22am at Chestnut Hill Hospital in the first week of 1980 and grew up in the Philly metro suburbs. I pay federal, state, and local taxes and abide by the laws of those jurisdictions (though I sometimes speed on the highway). I graduated high school but ran out of money mid-way through college. I work 2 jobs, 3 if you count my Internet freelance productions, and I live comfortably.

I'm a woman, albeit a short one, and I'm terribly in love with another woman. We're engaged, actually.

I am the product of a lapsed Irish Catholic and a lapsed Jew, who raised me in both religions with the expectation that if I found another path of belief, I should follow it if it was what I believed. In high school, I was baptised, confirmed, and given Communion as a Roman Catholic, though I count myself as an independant believer in the divine; faith is beautiful but organized religion is trouble.

I'm an American. You might pass me on the highway, or maybe I've rung you up at the store, were you in line in front of me at 7-11? I'm an American to my coworkers at my day job, when we discuss reality TV and dieting myths. I was born to a loving family and someday, long from now, I hope to leave a loving young family behind. I'm certainly not perfect but really, who is these days?

Every day I read the news, because I keep up with current events, and it's full of stories of people literally howling that I should be; fired, kicked out of my apartment, kicked out of my country, refused goods and services, imprisioned, 'saved', lose basic human rights, and be brutally murdered. Can you believe it? Me? There are criminals guilty of horrific crimes, who do not engender such bile and rage.

Good morning, I am a homosexual.

Was I what you expected? If you got your way and your gun was to my head, would you pull the trigger? When they came for you and charged you with murder, would your high-profile lawyer try to claim it wasn't really murder, just slaughter of an animal? Would people say I deserved it?

Good morning, I am an American. Who are you?

Reader Comments (5)

Good morning, I'm an American bisexual. And a kitty!

The intolerance prevalent in this culture frightens me. Sometimes I'm able to convince myself that such insanity is the death throes of a dying set of false, deeply flawed ideals, and that the moral arc of the universe will inevitably swing towards justice and acceptance. I truly hope that this is the case.

March 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSchrodi Takenoya

Name is Carson. I'm a hoosier and a euromutt-american. I fancy myself a writer like a fish fancies to fly; once in a blue moon I can. 2 on the kinsey scale and no you weren't exactly what I expected.

...Capittilization? Is that what happens after colonialization?

March 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCarson

Good Afternoon, I'm a german bisexual who is currently moved by the powerful closing words of this blog entry.

And 'though it might be tempting and easy to point at the USA and its extreme right-wingers, the sad truth of the matter is that this kind of hate and bigotry is alive and well in countries that fancy themselves to be more liberal and progressive. The lunacy of the fringe has its roots in the casual ignorance, the mundane, lingering hatred of the masses. Ill-informed not because they can't, but because they don't want to know better.

We all have a long way to go. Let's get going.

March 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCreature SH

I am a straight Native American who has a loving mom who has taught me well,
Anyone who puts a gun in my hand and tells me to shoot my friend in the head
because he/she is gay/lesbian/trans/straight, I will turn to the person who gave me
the gun and shoot them. Because no one is going to tell me what to do and
how to think. Nobody f#@*'s with my friends.

Thats all.

March 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterShark Wayne

I actually teared up just a lil'. Superb.

May 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJustMe

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