"In a way, to be indifferent to that suffering is what makes the human being inhuman. Indifference, after all, is more dangerous than anger and hatred. Anger can at times be creative. One writes a great poem, a great symphony, one does something special for the sake of humanity because one is angry at the injustice that one witnesses. But indifference is never creative. Even hatred at times may elicit a response. You fight it. You denounce it. You disarm it. Indifference elicits no response. Indifference is not a response.
Indifference is not a beginning, it is an end. And, therefore, indifference is always the friend of the enemy, for it benefits the aggressor -- never his victim, whose pain is magnified when he or she feels forgotten. The political prisoner in his cell, the hungry children, the homeless refugees -- not to respond to their plight, not to relieve their solitude by offering them a spark of hope is to exile them from human memory. And in denying their humanity we betray our own.
Indifference, then, is not only a sin, it is a punishment. And this is one of the most important lessons of this outgoing century's wide-ranging experiments in good and evil. "
I no longer think that it is enough to just stand by and silently support our family and friends in this diverse community. Being silent while bigots, homophobes and racists of all shapes and under various forms of religious and secular cover spew their particular brand of hatred is as bad as doing it yourself. Saying stuff like "Love the sinner, hate the sin" is at best passive aggressive and at worst condemning a person for who they love and wish to share their lives with. Supporting any organization that targets people for their sexual orientation is the same as participating in that discrimination yourself. Giving them your money or time means you condone their beliefs whether you do or not. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but you can't be a supporter of any organization that actively demeans anyone without getting some of that stain of intolerance on your own soul. You have the right to believe whatever you want, but that right does not extend to anyone else and their lives. I am not sure who these people think they are fooling, but their power is waning and their time is up.
So today and everyday I say to my family and friends who are gay, straight or somewhere they are not sure of yet that I love you and I will stand with you no matter the cause. As long as we come together under the banner of tolerance and humanity, nothing can stop us from changing the world. Raise your rainbow flag, head on out to your local events and show the world that you are part of the changing future, not the hatred of the past. Speak up, love and support those who struggle in their lives and lend a shoulder, a hand and your voice to the rising chorus that will drown out those who choose to spew hate at anyone. Love yourself for who you are and embrace the people around you with passion and commitment. The world is better with more open hearts and love will win, have no doubt, I promise you.