October 7th, 1998


Picture Borrowed from Enough Is Enough: the blog page

This is a busy holiday weekend for me so this will be a short post.  This Thanksgiving is like so many others; lots of homemade food, family gatherings and hanging out with some friends.  That’s the way it is, that’s the way it’s always been, that’s how it will be next year and most people think that’s how it should be.  This year I was reminded of Mathew Shepard, the gay young man murdered in Colorado 14 years ago.  Can you believe it’s been 14 years?  RIP Mathew Shepard, your memory lives on and you continue to inspire the fight for equality.

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4 thoughts on “October 7th, 1998

  1. He does indeed. Thank you for remembering him and acknowledging the anniversary of his passing. I think progress is definitely being made though more progress seems to also unearth more resistance and hate….Guess that’s part of the whole process. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

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  2. Thanks strollingturtle, hope you are enjoying your Columbus Day. In my opinion, the States are backwards concerning certain topics, homosexuality being one. I mean, I never thought that Mexico would legalize same-sex marriage before the States. Some of the decisions, or non-decisions, made in respect to those topics keep the States from being the best that it can be. You can not go around the world preaching tolerance but allow some tragic crimes against certain persons in society because of who they are or what they look like. Sorry, I’ll get off my soap box right now. . .but just one example. The NDP (New Democratic Party) here in Canada are gaining steam, especially in the last election. The former leader, Jack Layton, was beloved by many, even non-supporters. He died a year ago and his funeral service was televised. His family asked their minister to speak at this service. The minister is gay and talked about how Mr. Layton always asked how his husband was whenever they met. The idea that the former leader, and his family, of the 2nd strongest party in Canada was not concerned with what the media or public would think of a gay minister speaking at his funeral is amazing to me. I can not, in my wildest dream, imagine any member of the GOP or Democratic Party doing this. And what’s more, I never heard or read one single word in the media referring to the minister’s sexuality, positive or negative; it was a non-issue. Okay, now I’m done. 🙂

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  3. Thanks so much for sharing that story from your new home country rmiles. I heard about the passing of Jack Layton on my local public radio station… but did not hear what you just shared. sigh sometimes i think this country is soooooo full of hot air, as you said preaching tolerance all over the world and back home it’s another story. very sad indeed. I use my facebook page whenever possible as an avenue for bringing attention to the issue of lgbt rights. Progress is being made but it is slow….thanks again.

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