Thursday, May 13, 2010

The Best Thing I've Read All Year

 I saw this on my niece's Facebook page (thanks Ms. M) and it struck home:  I'm the mother of an openly gay, married daughter and I live just a hair south of the state of Vermont. The "V" stand for "Very"( mixed bag). While marriage equality is now the law, there is this mix of people that appear to really clash over a couple of issues:  not the least of which is civil and legal rights for GLBT people. The battle over legal unions was hard-fought in Vermont in 2000, and in 2009, marriage for GLBT people become legal.

This link takes you to a letter to the editor of the White River Junction, Vermont newspaper, from 2000, yet the spirit of this letter is timeless.


  1. That is such a great reminder.

  2. What powerful words, and what a gut-wrenching story.

    The one line that interests me (and I'd say comes just short of annoying me) is when she mentions being "blessed" to be heterosexual. I don't share that sentiment exactly, although I understand that she means blessed to be free of the direct burden of cruelty and ignornace. I think I am just sensitive to the theory that people are lucky to be straight, or better off so...for obvious reasons. Does that make sense?

    All that said, I don't mean to attack the author, who is clearly brave, and loves her son (as she should) unconditionally.


  3. I just glanced at the quote is I'm now finding it rather odd that I chose that one. By posting that quote, I didn't mean to imply that "when they least deserve it" has anything to do with parenting a gay son or daughter. Not the best choice of words for this post, I"m afraid. I will take it out of the post content, but just for the record, I'll leave it here.

    Before becoming a mother
    I had a hundred theories
    on how to bring up children.
    Now I have seven children
    and only one theory:
    love them,
    especially when they least deserve
    to be loved.
    - Kate Samperi

  4. I saw a tattered bumper sticker on an old car this morning that said 'The more people we kill, the more people hate us'. Only fools believe that the world isn't better served by love and compassion.

  5. This IS the best thing I've read on this topic! Hard hitting in just the right way.

  6. This is one of the best things I have read. This mother has done a wonderful job of explaining the evil done by biggoted "Christians".
    I have never been able to see how someone elses choice of partner threatens my own choice. In my church, Unitarian Universalist, all are welcomed and embraced, GLBT and heterosexual.


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