Thursday, June 30, 2011

Pride post/rant post

Here are some things that PISS ME OFF:

1) abuse of power
2) abuse of power
3) abuse of power

Also: 4) discrimination, which is abuse of power, and 5) violence, which is also abuse of power

You get where I'm going with this.

I bring this up because it's Pride month (the last day of), and because I write books with LGBTQ themes (novels #1, 2, and 4). Also because I have heaps of friends and family in the community, so it's a community I support and love and have fun with.

Also, even more importantly: there is no good reason NOT to be an ally.

Seriously, friends--show me one good reason. One founded, considered, critically thought out reason not to be an ally to this community--or any other community that can benefit from your support and love. We are in this together, people. Be supportive. If you believe in humans, if you like being a human, if you like other humans to be happy, be an ally--to anyone, to everyone.

AND--put your allied thoughts into action, and get out there and do allied things. Go visit the Stonewall Inn (see above) and feel the importance of the history there. Or do something local--go volunteer at a shelter where LBGTIQ youth hang out--did you know the suicide rate in teenagers is HIGHEST among this population? Or something even smaller--go smile at your mail carrier. S/he might not be LBGTIQ, but it's a way to start a chain of good things.

Rant over. Happy Pride! And yay for New York and Rhode Island!


  1. tell it, teacher!! great write and read! thanks:) (oops... was that too many exclamation points and smiley faces?!?!!!!!!)
    penny tower (otherwise known as anonymous;)

  2. Penny, thank you. : )

  3. great post, kirstin. rant away, it's a reason to. and you know what? i'm sick of people who don't rant. not caring about anything enough to get your feathers ruffled is a boring way to live one's life.

    so yeah, i agree, get out there and do something. get involved.

    my bff (since i was 4) is right now getting preggers (she'll be a surrogate) for two wonderful men in norway. i can't even tell you how proud i am of her and of how my 26 yr old son reacted to her when she told him. he was proud of her too and met the daddies to be with her for the first time over skype. his support and love made me feel like i must have done something right as a parent.

    there is so much we an do to make this world a better place, and showing love, support, and respect to everyone is one of the best ways to start.

  4. Kelly, how awesome for your friend! And yes, it sounds like you did something right with your son. : ) What a gift to be able to do that for someone.

    The world would be so much nicer with more love, support, and respect. And the MN government wouldn't be shut down. : \

    Thank you for commenting! xo