Saturday, August 4, 2012

In limbo

I'm sitting in the airport in Chicago, waiting on my connecting flight home to grand rapids. It's been a long day of travel home from Nashville, where I was doing a two day training for work. It was good training but the trip was quick and I miss my family.
At the Nashville airport I was sitting there with my coworker I traveled with and news was on. As the reporter went into this Chic-fil-a (or however you spell that) drama and I watched almost all the people around me gazing up and listening as various people say why or why not they are spending their money at this establishment.
I'm just reminded again of the sadness that my sexuality gets to be so openly discussed and judged by strangers. I felt nervous, as my coworker knows I am gay with a wife and son, and I hate when I'm put in that sort of position. I felt irritated that the news was even reporting on it. And I searched stranger's faces for the judgement I fear they hold without even knowing me.
Why is it okay for people to declare that gay people, or as they love to refer to us, "homosexuals", are aberrant, immoral, among other hurtful words. We are people. Each and every one of us. People with families that love us, or sadly in many cases, hate us. We are not a biblical verse or a despicable human beings. We're walking in front of you and beside you. I'm sitting right next to you, I'm on my phone calling my wife too. I don't feel the need to declare how I disagree with your lifestyle to anyone who will listen. I don't feel the need to post hateful comments on a public forum about your love, that maybe I don't understand but I don't have to because I'm not in the relationship.
I digress. I'm tired.

6 comments:

Patrick Jude Gable Hodack said...

I love you, Jenn, and I agree the world has a lot of hatred. The world also has a lot of love. Don't forget that. Don't forget that no matter what anyone else thinks, you have a wife and son who you mean the world to. I couldn't live in this world without you. Keep looking up.

Life As I Live It said...

Jenn, I am right there with you! I can't believe some of the things my own blood, knowing I am openly gay, have posted on things like Facebook recently. To say I don't care is not true at all. It hurts to know that some of my own, whether openly or behind my back, would not support my marriage if Bec and I ever did get married. I do know the majority loves and supports us, and the ones that don't can take a flying leap! Love and miss you, Joc, and Mr. Patrick!

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