The good, the bad, and the ugly… we endure them together.

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One of the interesting stories in the news this week was that of Utah state senator Chris Buttars and his radically offensive comments about gays:

What is the morals of a gay person?  You can’t answer that because anything goes.

Actually, Senator Buttars, you can’t answer that because the question is grammatically incorrect.

Anyways, I posted this video on Twitter and Facebook, and a friend remarked to me that it was because of stories like this that he doesn’t have much hope for society improving in the way it relates to gay people.  I was proud to share with him news today that Senator Buttars was getting a little taste of justice:

Utah State Sen. Buttars Axed from Committees Over Anti-Gay Remarks (Towleroad)

Take a few minutes and watch the video of the press conference.  As a member of the queer community, I definitely feel at least a little vindicated by the actions Senate President Michael Waddoups took today.  If Buttars ends up resigning, I wouldn’t pity him much for that either.

I think this is an important reminder that even though there are a lot of vocal, hateful, ignorant people out there working to demonize the queer community, we do have allies.  There are people who are willing to react to such hurtful comments and stand up for us, their friends and neighbors.  I don’t like that we have to rely on them sometimes, but I like knowing that they will support us.

The more important lesson to consider is that we endure these challenges and successes as a community.  Not everybody might be as vocal an advocate, but the pain of defeat and joy of triumph is much more a universal experience.  I’m currently reading Howard Zinn’s You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train and I found this quote quite appropriate for today:

The reward for participating in a movement for social justice is not the prospect of future victory.  It is the exhilaration of standing together with other people, taking risks together, enjoying small triumphs and enduring disheartening setbacks—together.

I’m glad to know that there are so many of us willing to speak out for change, whether on our own behalf or others’.  We can all work together to make the world a better place and support each other on the way.

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