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Old 05-31-2004, 06:52 PM   #1
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Found this off my old server's messageboard, no link to the actual article, so just pasting it.

Letter to the Editor
by Sharon Underwood
from the Valley News (White River Junction, VT/Hanover, NH)

As the mother of a gay son, I've seen firsthand how cruel and misguided people can be.

Many letters have been sent to the Valley News concerning the homosexual menace in Vermont. I am the mother of a gay son and I've taken enough from you good people.

I'm tired of your foolish rhetoric about the "homosexual agenda" and your allegations that accepting homosexuality is the same thing as advocating sex with children. You are cruel and ignorant. You have been robbing me of the joys of motherhood ever since my children were tiny.

My firstborn son started suffering at the hands of the moral little thugs from your moral, upright families from the time he was in the first grade. He was physically and verbally abused from first grade straight through high school because he was perceived to be gay.

He never professed to be gay or had any association with anything gay, but he had the misfortune not to walk or have gestures like the other boys. He was called "fag" incessantly, starting when he was 6.

In high school, while your children were doing what kids that age should be doing, mine labored over a suicide note, drafting and redrafting it to be sure his family knew how much he loved them. My sobbing 17-year-old tore the heart out of me as he choked out that he just couldn't bear to continue living any longer, that he didn't want to be gay and that he couldn't face a life without dignity.

You have the audacity to talk about protecting families and children from the homosexual menace, while you yourselves tear apart families and drive children to despair. I don't know why my son is gay, but I do know that God didn't put him, and millions like him, on this Earth to give you someone to abuse. God gave you brains so that you could think, and it's about time you started doing that.

At the core of all your misguided beliefs is the belief that this could never happen to you, that there is some kind of subculture out there that people have chosen to join. The fact is that if it can happen to my family, it can happen to yours, and you won't get to choose. Whether it is genetic or whether something occurs during a critical time of fetal development, I don't know. I can only tell you with an absolute certainty that it is inborn.

If you want to tout your own morality, you'd best come up with something more substantive than your heterosexuality. You did nothing to earn it; it was given to you. If you disagree, I would be interested in hearing your story, because my own heterosexuality was a blessing I received with no effort whatsoever on my part. It is so woven into the very soul of me that nothing could ever change it. For those of you who reduce sexual orientation to a simple choice, a character issue, a bad habit or something that can be changed by a 10-step program, I'm puzzled. Are you saying that your own sexual orientation is nothing more than something you have chosen, that you could change it at will? If that's not the case, then why would you suggest that someone else can?

A popular theme in your letters is that Vermont has been infiltrated by outsiders. Both sides of my family have lived in Vermont for generations. I am heart and soul a Vermonter, so I'll thank you to stop saying that you are speaking for "true Vermonters."

You invoke the memory of the brave people who have fought on the battlefield for this great country, saying that they didn't give their lives so that the "homosexual agenda "could tear down the principles they died defending. My 83-year-old father fought in some of the most horrific battles of World War II, was wounded and awarded the Purple Heart.

He shakes his head in sadness at the life his grandson has had to live. He says he fought alongside homosexuals in those battles, that they did their part and bothered no one. One of his best friends in the service was gay, and he never knew it until the end, and when he did find out, it mattered not at all. That wasn't the measure of the man.

You religious folk just can't bear the thought that as my son emerges from the hell that was his childhood he might like to find a lifelong companion and have a measure of happiness. It offends your sensibilities that he should request the right to visit that companion in the hospital, to make medical decisions for him or to benefit from tax laws governing inheritance.

How dare he? you say. These outrageous requests would threaten the very existence of your family, would undermine the sanctity of marriage.

You use religion to abdicate your responsibility to be thinking human beings. There are vast numbers of religious people who find your attitudes repugnant. God is not for the privileged majority, and God knows my son has committed no sin.

The deep-thinking author of a letter to the April 12 Valley News who lectures about homosexual sin and tells us about "those of us who have been blessed with the benefits of a religious upbringing" asks: "What ever happened to the idea of striving...to be better human beings than we are?"
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Old 05-31-2004, 06:59 PM   #2
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My sobbing 17-year-old tore the heart out of me as he choked out that he just couldn't bear to continue living any longer, that he didn't want to be gay and that he couldn't face a life without dignity.
Yeah, being "gay" is a choice.
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Old 05-31-2004, 07:14 PM   #3
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And straight people commit suicide too. I guess everyone that commits suicide has an excuse to end their life.
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Old 06-02-2004, 07:37 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by caelie
I guess everyone that commits suicide has an excuse to end their life.
What, you think they just wake up one day and say "Hey, I'd like to kill myself today!"?

Seriously, if that is all you took from that letter... you need to take off your blinkers for five minutes and actually READ it. TRY to understand that mother's emotions, emotions which are painfully obvious to anyone with an ounce of compassion and empathy for thier fellow man.

Then think... if peoples actions are hurting her that bad, at one remove... what the hell is it doing to her son?
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Old 06-02-2004, 08:14 AM   #5
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Kulani, I think that these religious fanatics like to make everyone's life on earth hell so they can make them want to escape it and go to heaven.
Seriously Caelie, if you had known someone who was Gay and stopped running from them you might understand the issue better. But you are the one that chooses to be insulated from the truths of society. Much like many other truths that you choose to be insulated from. Being gay does not mean having gay sex. It means that; no more than being straight means having straight sex. There is no distinction and gay people have feelings that are ingrained. You, choosing ignorance of the issue (indicative by your posts), have shown that you are unqualified to speak about this issue. In fact, most people who speak out against homosexuality are unqualified to speak out against it because they refuse to know people that are gay.
To that regard I will give Dick Cheney some credit. He has not admonished his daughter for being gay. Too bad you can't form your own opinion on this matter and have to resort to a pre-determined conservative agenda.
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Old 06-02-2004, 08:21 AM   #6
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Originally Posted by bumblebutt
Kulani, I think that these religious fanatics like to make everyone's life on earth hell so they can make them want to escape it and go to heaven.
With all due respect, every time you post, this is how I feel about you.

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Being gay does not mean having gay sex. It means that; no more than being straight means having straight sex.
Thats odd, I always put being straight and having sex together... maybe I'm crazy.

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There is no distinction and gay people have feelings that are ingrained. You, choosing ignorance of the issue (indicative by your posts), have shown that you are unqualified to speak about this issue.
And I'm sure you're qualified to speak on this issue, Mr. Psychology and Genetics degree from Harvard. Except, very few people on this board are actually qualified to make the statements they make. People think just because they took Government and Soc 101 in High School they know what it's all about.

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In fact, most people who speak out against homosexuality are unqualified to speak out against it because they refuse to know people that are gay.
The only way to be qualified to speak as such would be to be gay. Are you gay bumble? Are you qualified to argue in the homosexual defense?

Just asking.
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Old 06-02-2004, 09:02 AM   #7
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I don't think you need to be homosexual to speak out in support of homosexuals. Not saying Bumbleroot doesn't have his issues, but everyone on this board has thier issues and his are no better or worse than anyone elses (including myself heh)
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Old 06-02-2004, 09:11 AM   #8
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What, you think they just wake up one day and say "Hey, I'd like to kill myself today!"?
Why not? People wake up each day and say "Hey I'd like to be gay" so I suppose killing themselves falls into the same vein.

Being gay does not mean having gay sex. It means that; no more than being straight means having straight sex.
That's a beautiful lie. Mislead much? Sexual activities and practices are at the heart of the whole homosexuality issue. Nice try.
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Old 06-02-2004, 09:39 AM   #9
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For kids to pick on him so much from day one implies that he must have been pretty feminate from the beginning. I wonder how hard it would be to get rid of a personality like that.
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Old 06-02-2004, 09:44 AM   #10
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"I don't think you need to be homosexual to speak out in support of homosexuals. Not saying Bumbleroot doesn't have his issues, but everyone on this board has thier issues and his are no better or worse than anyone elses (including myself heh)" Kulani

I agree, just like you do NOT have to be female to speak out against abortion and have a legitimate argument.

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Old 06-02-2004, 10:42 AM   #11
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That's a beautiful lie. Mislead much? Sexual activities and practices are at the heart of the whole homosexuality issue. Nice try.
Dick on the brain again Sherlock?
Perhaps you didn't read how her son was 6-years old and struggled with his orientation. Of course I guess that this particular 6-year old knew all about sex.
Sexual practices are not the basis for our sexual orientation. There are plenty of virgins who have an orientation. Believe it or not there are even gay virgins. That being said, please explain to me how that is possible given your line of thought Trith.
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Old 06-02-2004, 11:11 AM   #12
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I would suggest that this lady is a liar then. I have never known a 6 year old to be sexually aware. I smell Bullshit all over this entire thread.


If it is true it sounds as if the mother brainwashed him into believeing he had femenine tendancies and therefore conditioned him to be homosexual so she could use him as a tool in her own anti-religious crusades. I find the whole article too full of shit to be real at all.

Believe it or not there are even gay virgins
Poor parental conditioning, single parent households, drugs, peer-pressure and absent fathers are a terrible thing.

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