Listeners are invited to participate in a heart felt discussion about the persistent virulence of homophobia. What's the hullabaloo about gay marriage? What makes homophobes explode with anger when they perceive someone as gay/lesbian/bi/trans? Why do people attack what they don't understand? How can you label the right to marry, live in peace, love whom you want, and have a job and housing as "special rights".
November 20th is Transgendered Remembrance Day--- This year marked the 10th anniversary of this day honoring and remembering people who were murdered because they were perceived as being :gender variant" that is to say, something other than a binary gender.
On Monday, November 24th, Fred Phelps' extremist followers are planning to spend quite a bit of time in the Portland area, picketing PSU's Queer Resource Center and gender neutral bathrooms. They will also be going to Silverton, to protest their mayor's coming out as a trans woman. Phelps' crew is hateful, and in the past have protested at funerals of people who died of AIDS, and at Matthew Shepard's funeral.
How can we work together to heal from this sickening hatred? How can we stop the bigotry of others from becoming murderous? For many, including myself and my partner, this is a life or death situation.
Join Theresa Mitchell and myself as we invite your participation in this important discussion. Call in with your experiences, thoughts and questions: 503-231-8187.