Autumn at work told me I was being silly to have Daniel speak to the staff about the use of the word “faggot.”
Autumn was Adam until about 18 months ago. She can actually pass as a woman.
She’s not the only trans person that works with me. The other one looks like a drag queen. With real tits.
My point is. They are called worse than faggot when no one is around. Especially in Spanish.
I’ve decided however that I AM being too sensitive. And I’m about to get a WHOLE LOT MORE sensitive.
I’d like to say it’s no big deal. They don’t mean any harm. They are just having fun. And perhaps they are. Their type of fun stopped being fun about a million years ago. There have been at least seven gay teens suicides in the past five weeks. Two of the latest on the day we were supposed to wear purple in recognition of the teens that had died. The truth is I’m a big boy. I’ve been around a long time. I can protect myself. If push came to shove, I’d stand up and push back. I will have no problem holding my own. One of the first times I had the word fag used against me was while I was waiting tables in Atlanta. I’d picked up a tray of food and was starting out of the kitchen when one of the cooks replaced the first part of my last name with “fag.” I turned around and said, “excuse me?” He said, “you heard me.” The next sound in the kitchen was the sound of plates crashing against the expo line because I’d launched my tray at him. Plates and all. I can take care of myself.
But these people aren’t just using the word at work. If they are using the word at work then you know they are using it else where. And I’d bet they are using it around people who aren’t willing or able to defend themselves. And with their use of the word, comes the negative connotation that anyone who is a “fag” is less than. Not equal too. And that’s the plus side. Even worse is when the word is used to instill fear, and loathing. And every day these kids hear this word is another day they hear they are less than. And if they hear it enough, well we know the potential outcome.
And just when you thought the insidious hatred toward gay youth couldn’t get any worse, the following Facebook page was made public today.
And the best part of this Facebook page? Clint McCance is a school board member of the Arkansas Midland School Board. The person who writes that he’ll only wear purple if all gay kids “commit suicide.” They have a special “purple fag day.” That they often “give each other AIDS and die.” Yeah. He’s the example being set in his community. He’s making decisions that affect the lives of children every day.
I get angry just typing this shit. It’s people like Clint that use the word “fag.” It’s people like Clint who teach children to hate. It’s people like Clint that cause 15 year olds to shoot themselves in the head. It’s people like Clint who teach 12 year olds to hang themselves in their closet. And I’m told I’m too “sensitive?” Fuck that. I’m getting more and more sensitive every day. And I have a feeling that it’s going to get a lot worse before it gets better. I’m too tired to write to the school board tonight. But in case some of you have 10 minutes or so tomorrow you can write the superintendent here:
Or you can call Clint’s business here:
Clint’s Carpet Cleaning , 7569 Batesville Blvd, Pleasant Plains, AR (501) 268-7360.
Or you can call the asshole at home if you want.
7569 Batesville Blvd,Pleasant Plains, AR 72568-9716
Seems the school district website has cleansed the names of all their members from their website. Also none of the school board meetings after April are now available for view.
So you know what. I’ll send my letter tomorrow. And I’ll continue to post my political stuff on Facebook. This was my update when I posted the article:
Okay. I know I post a lot of political stuff on Facebook. But I’d really like to challenge all of my friends with kids to read this post. This is a school board member. Who posted on Facebook. That he hopes all gay kids get AIDS and die. Whether you approve of homosexuality or not, you HAVE to realize that this person should NOT be making decisions that affect the lives of anyone. Especially children.
But you know what else I can do. I can DEMAND that those around me who use the word learn that it’s not okay. It’s not funny. It’s not “boys being boys.” It’s insulting. And ultimately dangerous.
It must stop!
I will see to it that it does!