I am writing this post from the comfort of my bed as I recoup from the craziness that has been my social calendar the last few days. I have quite a few posts that need to be written and I am hoping to knock out a few this afternoon.
Yesterday I walked alongside 20K men, women, children, and even a few dogs in support of the Susan G. Komen Foundation’s 2013 Race for the Cure at Bayfront Park. As the daughter and great granddaughter of Breast Cancer survivors, this is one charity walk/run that has a particularly important place in my heart.
Kaitlyn Hunt is back in jail. Not because the right-wing is trying to get her. Not because America doesn’t love the gays. But because she violated a plea deal that kept her out of jail. How did she violate this plea deal might you ask? Was she was arrested at a peaceful gay rights rally? Nope. Did she chain herself to a 100 year old oak tree? That would be a negative. It is because she (allegedly) continued to send explicit pictures and texts to the now 15 year old girl that got her sent to jail in the first place.
Oh and don’t get me started about her mother… well her mama needs her ass whooped (figuratively). No matter the conversation about Kaitlyn’s age, her mother is sho nuff an adult (my southern is about to slip in). How dare she (allegedly) send texts to the child urging her to delete the evidence that they were still in contact? If the victim’s mother was anything like Mama KWord… there would have been smoke in the city (ok I slipping further and further).
I think we as gay people are falling into a trap that we as black people have found ourselves in in the past. In our effort to put up a united front, we are backing the wrong people. At least once a year, we are still hearing about how we marched for Tawana Brawley, and we all know we were wrong for sticking behind OJ’s murdering self too.
Wrong is wrong and if a 19 year old man OR woman was sleeping with my 14 year old child I’d send their ass straight to jail (don’t pass go, don’t collect 200 dollars) myself.
WASHINGTON, DC — A coalition of national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights organizations, led by the National Black Justice Coalition and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, today issued the following open letter.
An Open Letter: Trayvon Deserves Justice
We cannot begin to imagine the continued pain and suffering endured by Trayvon Martin’s family and friends. We stand in solidarity with them as they continue to fight for justice, civil rights and closure. And we thank everyone who has pushed and will continue to push for justice.
Trayvon Martin deserves justice and his civil rights. We support the organizations and community leaders who are urging the federal government to explore every option to ensure that justice is served for Trayvon and that his civil rights are honored and respected. But our work does not end there: we will honor Trayvon Martin by strengthening our commitment to end bias, hatred, profiling and violence across our communities.
We represent organizations with diverse lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender constituencies. Our community has been targets of bigotry, bias, profiling and violence. We have experienced the heart-breaking despair of young people targeted for who they are, who they are presumed to be, or who they love: Rashawn Brazell, Lawrence King, Ali Forney, Brandon Teena, Brandon White, Matthew Shepard, Marco McMillian, Angie Zapata, Sakia Gunn, Gwen Araujo and countless others.
Every person, regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity, must be able to walk the streets without fear for their safety.
Justice delayed is justice denied and in the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “a right delayed is a right denied.” We honor Trayvon by seeking justice for all people.
- All Out
- American Civil Liberties Union
- Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice
- Believe Out Loud
- BiNet USA
- Bisexual Resource Center
- Center for Black Equity
- CenterLink: The Community of LGBT Centers
- Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals
- Equality Federation
- Family Equality Council
- Freedom to Work
- Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN)
- Gay-Straight Alliance Network (GSA Network)
- Harvey Milk Foundation
- Human Rights Campaign
- Immigration Equality
- Lambda Legal
- Movement Advancement Project
- National Black Justice Coalition
- National Center for Lesbian Rights
- National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs
- National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
- National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
- National Minority AIDS Council
- National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance
- Out & Equal Workplace Advocates
- PFLAG National
- The Trevor Project
- Trans Advocacy Network
- Transgender Law Center
- Trans People of Color Coalition
To learn more about the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, follow us on Twitter: @TheTaskForce.
The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force builds the power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community from the ground up. The Task Force is the country’s premier social justice organization fighting to improve the lives of LGBT people and working to create positive, lasting change and opportunity for all. The Task Force is a 501(c)(3) corporation incorporated in Washington, D.C. Contributions to the Task Force are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law. © 2013, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, 1325 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Suite 600, Washington, D.C., 20005. Phone 202.393.5177. TTY 202.393.2284. Email: theTaskForce@theTaskForce.org.
So I was speaking to a friend of mine that “didn’t agree” with my post about Kaitlyn Hunt…. until we spoke about it. From my conversation with her I feel the need to explicitly state, I am not debating the merits of the law. There can be a discussion about whether it is archaic or flawed on another post…on another blog.
I take issue with the fact that Kaitlyn, her parents, and the ACLU are trying to use her sexual orientation as the reason she should get off.
I take issue with the people saying that as a woman there is no way she could have coerced the girl, because lesbian relationships are emotional more than physical.
I take issue with the fact that dozens (at least) young black men have been prosecuted for crimes similar to this one and no one gave a damn.
I take issue with people being mad at the 14 year olds parents for turning Kaitlyn in. THEY ARE HER PARENTS AND THEY SHOULD HAVE TURNED HER IN.
I take issue with people taking up the rainbow flag and wrapping it around her like she in Jesus in the manger.
And I SURE AS HELL TAKE ISSUE with people saying I don’t have the right to feel the way I do.
So yes unless we are going to overturn every statutory rape case involving high school students for the last 60 years… then her next cameo should be on Nancy Grace or Beyond Scared Straight.