You can file Sally Kern under “The
hateful things people say.” A
secretly recorded Oklahoma state representative Sally Kern speech was
released on YouTube by The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund this week. In the speech, given to a group of
50 of so Republicans, she makes it clear that she's no friend to
gays. Much more on Sally Kern after the update.
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Sometimes it takes something so
shocking, so ACT-UP circa 1987, to wake-up this nation. Such is the
alarm found in Sally Kern's despicable anti-gay speech.
The speech which includes homophobic
remarks such as, “I honestly think it's [homosexuality] the biggest
threat our nation has, even more so than terrorism or Islam.” And,
“They [gay people] want to get our young children into the
government schools so that they can indoctrinate them... They're
going after our young children, as young as two years of age, to try
to teach them the homosexual lifestyle is an acceptable lifestyle.”
an overwhelming amount of emails (23,000 at her office alone)
condemning her views, a million hits on YouTube, and even death
threats, the Republican Oklahoma state representative stands by her
words. Worse, several fellow
Republicans are supporting her.
To reduce gay people to a threat worse
that terrorist is an attempt to dehumanize us and reduce us to a
single concept of evil. If the tag sticks, hatemongers use it to
justify gay related crimes, inequality, and perhaps even isolation.
Sally Kern's speech reminds us that the
fight for gay equality in America remains strongly opposed. Our foes
willing to stoop to malevolent lows to win.
Walter Weeks is a writer for On Top
Magazine and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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