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  1. Lynn David
    October 7, 2008

    It’s true that in any civil rights fight there seems to be two aspects. The first is that struggle for governmental legislation. It seems we have a tough row to hoe, the federal government is not willing to help us to any great extent. Our struggle has been state-by-state, and that has been rather sporadic in successes.

    The other aspect is what one black actor pointed out on some cop show (Law & Order? OR NYPD Blue?), and it always stuck with me. He said, “we’re in the hearts and minds stage” of the struggle for civil rights, and it must be for one person at a time, slowly and delicately.

    It seems our struggle has been backwards from that of black Americans in that respect. We’ve always been in a ‘hearts and minds’ struggle. Sometimes, it is within ourselves as an inwardly directed homophobia often set off by our own religious beliefs. Sometimes/oftimes it is within our families, something black Americans haven’t of necessity had to deal with. Our families can certainly be the worst of our struggle, but if we can weather the trials there we can certainly maintain our struggle elsewhere in the public sector.

    It bothers me that it takes discussion as in the Laramie Project of the death of Matthew Shepard to elicit some of those hearts and minds. It bothers me still more that his memory does the opposite in some people. Well, I don’t know where this is going or where it’s been, except that remembering Matthew really gets to me.

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