To Be Politcal.
I am tired of questions about why my sexuality needs to be brought up in conversation. I am tired of people thinking it might be too much to say “gay christian.” I am tired of people thinking it might be too much for me to wear an equality pin, a lgbtq tote, or a gay t-shirt. Why don't straight people have pride? Why don't straight people have parades? Why don't straight people say, “straight christian.” Why do I need to post so much on Facebook? Why do you post so many pictures of your relationship on social media?
Political, I am political.
Not because the color of my skin. Not because of equal pay. Not because my bodies reproductive organs are controlled and debated. Not because I came from a different country and look different. Not because my religious dress calls me into question. All of these extremely important political concerns- not to be dismissed here. My political situation is just not as visible unless I step into it.
My political existence.
I could hide. I could act straight. I could hide behind the veil of privilege, but it’s always time to lose the veil for the sake of others that came before and will come after. My answer to the start is one of presence. I want people here in the South to see my presence as a queer person. Action through a t-shirt, a pin, a dinner date, a tote, holding a hand, flying a flag. I might get weird looks, called a fag, etc. but I will exist with you- and you will be challenged to think about my existence with yours. I dont think its brave for a white gay male to lose the veil of privilege. I think it is absolutely necessary in order to move forward in the fight to equality.
Politcal, you are political.
I am changed by the visibility of others. I am changed by the couples in NYC holding hands. I am changed by the professor who openly talks about her partner. I am changed by the people here in the South who are willing to dress outside of gender norms. I am changed by seeing people wearing pins and knowing I was was not alone. I am changed by seeing queer people post on social media. I am changed seeing queer people in church. I am changed by the small actions that people think are “too much.” I am changed when I see you being political. Be visible in your community in whatever capacity you can. No matter where you are. Change will come.
Political, be political.