Tuesday, December 2, 2008

gentle angry people

A follow up to yesterday, here's Holly Near and the San Francisco Gay Mens Chorus at the 2008 Moscone and Milk memorial, singing the song she wrote in response to the political assassination of Harvey Milk. Dan White pulled the trigger but Anita Bryant and John Briggs have their fingerprints on the gun.

Never more appropriate than it is today as we recoil from the lies and the bigotry and the persecution which certain so called "evangelicals" are slinging our way for the crime of merely existing.

Well, I have news for you all (and I know you visit here). We exist, and we do not apologize for that. Our right to be here is not one iota less than yours. And we will not be demonized. We have conducted peaceful protests in every major city in the US, and that's just the beginning.

We're not the aggressor here, we've been demonized and tortured for thirty years. You are not the ones whose rights are being diminished. You are not the ones being murdered on the streets. You are not affected in the least. We are. We are not attacking you, we are responding to your attacks on us.

I was made by the same benevolent creator that you were. If you have a problem with that, take it up with Him (or Her).

We are a gentle angry people, and we are singing for our lives.


rptrcub said...

The thing is I don't think we are, or at least I am, gentle in my anger.

BigAssBelle said...

well said.