Today I did something on Tumblr I’ve never done before. I unfollowed someone. I’m sure that most people on are well aware that today is the day that many of us are speaking up against homophobic bullying, supporting gay youth, and memorializing gay teen suicide victims by dressing in purple. (Yes, I said “victims” and I meant it.) The person I unfollowed was a girl who chose to use the occassion to say, “Fuck You” (literally) and made her dubious point that because this is Breast Cancer Awareness Month we should not be doing this because more people die of breast cancer than suicide and because suicide is a choice.
Life is not a zero sum game. We can support Breast Cancer Awareness and still try and do what we can to keep kids, gay and straight, from killing themselves. I’m sure this girl does not consider herself homophobic, but the way she skipped right past a civil discussion and went right to “Fuck You” tells a different story. I don’t allow people like that in my life, and I don’t need them on the internet, either.
Let me end this with a message to all the gay, lesbian, transgendered people who are reading this, and also to the people who truly love and support us. We have been lulled into a false sense of security. The powers of hate are gathering their ammunition and they are preparing to attack. We can not remain silent. Speak out. Do something. Do it now.