It’s St Patrick’s Day. March 17. That’s what my calendar tells me.
It also tells me it’s 2012. 2012? Really? You could have fooled me.
We have long since passed the millennium, yet my husband Gary and I keep fighting the same battle for equality. I’m sure some people get tired of me writing/ranting/speaking about anti-gay stuff; but try to imagine how tired we get of living it.
The latest attack by the people elected to serve us was on kids. The only gay youth group in Indiana finally got approval for a specialty plate. They were selling well. Then, at the eleventh hour of their session, our state government, having failed to be able to legislate it away, pressured the BMV to pull the plate for reasons that are specious at best.
Gary has written a blog about it
, along with the senators involved, which you can link to here
. Politics is more his area than mine and he does a better job of that type of explication/exposure/fact-checking.
My educational background is in philosophy and I articulate it via my fiction. I write stories that I hope will entertain as well as subtly stimulate some new thoughts or reconsiderations of old thoughts in at least some of those entertained people.
Subtlety is one of the reasons I prefer fiction. Oh, I do have a definite moral vision in mind when I write as well as a philosophical space from which I am coming. But I try to keep my focus on describing the “real” fiction events in a “this is what happened” way that hopefully leaves it up to the reader to draw their own conclusions about the good, the bad, and the ugly.
For I firmly believe it is up to people to decide such things for themselves.
But the state of our state forces me to be more direct.
Lawmakers practice deceit, so I must be an outspoken champion of honesty to counter it. Hate groups spread lies so I must be an outspoken bringer of truth to expose it. Unholy religious leaders subvert faith to warp kids’ minds so I must be an outspoken evangelist of what’s sacred.
For how are people free to decide for themselves when the triumvirate above alone crowds their ears and eyes with the white noise of their malevolence?
It makes me so angry I see red. And it makes me want to cut through that red into a greener world. I want my words to rain down on my — our — world so full of beautiful potential and leave in its aftermath a vibrant rainbow for anyone — and everyone — to see.