Win. I like people who recant and apologize when they realize they were wrong. It’s amazing how much a simple sincere apology can do.
In the article, Marinelli discusses how once the gay and lesbian counter-protesters became real, fathomable people, he began to question what he was doing. This brings up an interesting point: it’s easier to hurt people you don’t know. I heard this phrase used Friday in history class and I thought it was brilliant.
It’s true though, isn’t it? Isn’t it easier to deny the rights of people you have never met and refuse to associate with? Isn’t it easier to hurt a person you never have to see again? Why is it so common for gay teens to take their lives, and yet it takes months and years to repeal the barriers that hinder human rights? I feel that a good number of opponents of gay rights can so adamantly support anti-gay causes primarily because they don’t see the LGBT community as people, but rather as distant figures trying to perpetrate the sanctity of marriage. Some people don’t profoundly know and understand that gays are also people. Perhaps if there were a few more LGBT people out of the closet, more people could get to know them and understand them as human beings. They could see the direct effect of their hurtful words and unjust laws. Starting tomorrow, I’m going to open myself up more to the people around me. I hope to make it harder for others to deny my rights, and easier to show me a helping hand. I hope to make it easier to support equality. I hope that one day it will be easier to give a right than to take a life.