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Follow-up to yesterday’s Musing

This morning, my colleague shared the following news story:

KRXQ Sacramento Radio Hosts Encourage Violence Against Transgender Children

[…] The hosts, Rob Williams and Arnie States, devoted the segment in question to a vicious diatribe against transgender children, some as young as five, focusing in particular on the case of one Omaha family raising a gender dysphoric child, and their decision to support her transition from male to female.

No compassion. No humility. No sense of responsibility. Taking pleasure in the misfortune or suffering of others… I think that these guys have a constitutional right to espouse their intolerance. Do they have a right to encourage people to beat children?

I do take with Michael Rowe’s closing remarks:

But if anyone ever called my godson a "sick little freak," or a "nut," or a "freak of nature," or beat him with a shoe for being himself, I could not, and would not, be held accountable for my reaction, or my inevitable response.

I wouldn’t hesitate to respond or intervene. But that wouldn’t absolve me of responsibility. I’m always responsible for my actions and choices.

When someone’s little boy is beaten senseless because the attacker heard the show, will the hosts sack-up and accept some responsibility for the crime?

What does it take to penetrate the intolerant cultural crust to touch the caring and compassionate part of these men? Would they be more empathetic if someone they truly love struggled with gender role issues? I don’t wish this upon their children, but if they have sons and one of their sons was queer-bashed, would they tell their kid that they shouldn’t have acted so gay?

/sigh

What responsibility do I have as a citizen, a man, a father, a queer to respond?

As Marlin said to Dory, “Good feeling’s gone.”

Thanks, jesse Liberty

I’ve been skimming books on C# as I prepare to learn a new language.  As I was starting to read O’Reilly’s Programming C# 3.0, 5th Edition, I saw author Jesse Liberty’s dedication:

This book is dedicated to those who come out, loud, and in your face and in the most inappropriate places. We will look back at this time and shake our heads in wonder. In 49 states, same-sex couples are denied the right to marry, though incarcerated felons are not. In 36 states, you can legally be denied housing just for being queer. In more than half the states, there is no law protecting LGBT children from harassment in school, and the suicide rate among queer teens is 400 percent higher than among straight kids. And, we are still kicking gay heroes out of the military despite the fact that the Israelis and our own NSA, CIA, and FBI are all successfully integrated. So, yes, this dedication is to those of us who are out, full-time.

The marriage rights established in Vermont and Maine, and soon I hope in New Hampshire, are very encouraging. As I live my life in the progressive bubble of Chittenden County, Vermont, it’s easy to think that things are getting better. At the same time, young people are killing themselves because of anti-gay harassment, even in states with anti-discrimination laws.

Well, it was quite a nice surprise to see a technical book with a pro-queer political message. Thanks, Jesse.

—Geoff, out since February 14th, 1990