It has been an interesting week. I have spent much of it addressing what I believe was an incredibly irresponsible and inexcusable post on another (gay male) blogger’s blog. I am surprised how many other gay men were not bothered by it at all. I would have assumed more solidarity on this issue, but it’s not the first time I’ve been caught off guard and disappointed by other gay men, friends or people I thought I knew and it won’t be the last. I guess some people feel it is OK to support or instigate violence against gay men if they are not masculine enough in their eyes. Nice. Oh well, what is popular is not always right and what is right is not always popular. I may have lost friends and followers over my responses, but I’ll be damned if I’m going to sit back quietly and allow a gay man to propagate violence against another gay man for their mannerisms. I’d be just as guilty if I remained silent. Hate me if you must, but I have no problem being disliked for having zero tolerance for promotion of violence against gays, no matter who it is or what the excuse or justification, as if their is one.
So Idle Eyes remains a safe space for all of you who strive to embrace everyone in the lgbt community, regardless of their looks, abilities or mannerisms and speak out against violence towards them. I am proud to stand beside you as my brothers and sisters and defend you against anyone and everyone who would try to demoralize you and attack you and perpetrate violence against you.
Yeah, I got your back, even if you don’t have mine.
If I’m thankful for anything right now, it’s for my voice and opportunity to stand up for what I believe in.
Now go get stuffed, people. Peace!