Hearts and Minds Remix
A few years ago a local paper asked me to write a piece discussing the status of Domestic Partnership legislation in Oregon. I was super excited by the opportunity.
I’d been working in the field of GLBT politics for a few years through some really tough times. And I felt like I had a voice – something interesting to say. I’d been writing on the topic for a political blog, discussing the ins and outs of what was going on with the legislature, the electorate, and the community. And I’d been asking questions.
Ah, the questions.
It seems that people don’t always like it when you ask questions. But I’m rather inquisitive. And sometimes sarcastic. In truth, I think the paper wanted me to write a piece, because I’d stirred up some stuff with my questions about the importance of language.
What they got instead was a discussion about the importance of humanity.
GLBT people have great love and compassion in our lives, regardless of how you label it. We would have to in order to keep our relationships intact through things like constitutional amendments and second-class citizenship. When we share that love we truly touch the hearts of others, because we share with them something fundamental—our humanity.
So here’s my question: How do we move forward, in a context where the lives of GLBTQ people are considered political and language around those lives is measured, weighed and analyzed to such a great extent? Is it more important that we consider our words carefully, or that we share our lives fully? Or can we do both and remain authentic?