The following is not work-safe unless your co-workers don’t mind watching you cry your eyes out and start screaming “Fuck you anti-gay people!!! Fuck you all!!!!!”


Thanks for posting that, Colloquy

Comments

  1. #1 Jason Thibeault
    October 1, 2009

    It takes a lot to get me to tear up. This did it.

    Hell yes!

  2. #2 Mike Haubrich, FCD
    October 1, 2009

    Fantastic way to start the month.

  3. #3 Irene
    October 1, 2009

    Thanks for posting that.

  4. #4 6EQUJ5
    October 1, 2009

    They’ve always had that right. What’s wrong is refusing to recognize it.

  5. #5 Joshua Zelinsky
    October 1, 2009

    When this was posted a few days ago over at Colloquy I did tear up. But I can’t work up the level of anger you have. The thought process was much more connected to the respect and feeling for this veteran and the point he was making. Maybe it is just me, but I have a lot of trouble turning the essentially positive message about rights and sacrifice to a negative message about some people being bigots. They are almost incidental in this context.

  6. #6 Kitty'sBitch
    October 1, 2009

    I held it together for most of the video, but when you could see the tears dropping off the end of his nose, I lost it.

  7. #7 Joshua Zelinsky
    October 1, 2009

    Dammit Kitty, now I’m tearing again. Don’t do that!

  8. #8 Timothy (TRiG)
    October 1, 2009

    Wow.

    Just, wow.

    TRiG.

  9. #9 Enoch
    October 1, 2009

    The tears off the end of the nose always do it for me too.

  10. #10 Sondra
    October 1, 2009

    I’m posting this on my blog right away.

    Oh, wait, I don’t have a blog.

    But this is the kind of thing that makes me want to have a blog.

  11. #11 Isaac
    October 1, 2009

    Shit.

  12. #12 Guy
    October 1, 2009

    More veterans feel this way than most people imagine.

  13. #13 Joshua Zelinsky
    October 1, 2009

    Sondra, so start one…

  14. #14 george.w
    October 1, 2009

    “I didn’t raise four boys for three of them to have one set of rights, and one of them to be left out.”

    Tears in 3, 2, 1…

  15. #15 Paul D.
    October 1, 2009

    “I love my dead gay son!!!”

  16. #16 DuWayne
    October 1, 2009

    Pretty much beyond screaming now, but it did bring tears to my eyes…

  17. #17 Andrew
    October 1, 2009

    Very compelling.

  18. #18 Liz
    October 1, 2009

    It is moving because of what he says and sad because his attitude is so rare.

  19. #19 Stephanie Z
    October 1, 2009

    George, it was that bit and the part where he talked about what he doesn’t tell schoolchildren.

  20. #20 Monado
    October 1, 2009

    Sondra, so post it on your FaceBook page.

  21. #21 Sondra
    October 1, 2009

    I don’t have a Face book page.

  22. #22 Andrew
    October 1, 2009

    Sondra: Google apps web page? A transcript tied to a helium balloon? Interpretive dance on the street corner???

  23. #23 thom
    October 1, 2009

    Thanks for posting.

  24. #24 jackie
    October 1, 2009

    (sobbing) he reminds me of my father.

  25. #25 Paul D.
    October 1, 2009

    Happy GLBT month!

  26. #26 Stacy
    October 1, 2009

    :-)Thank you to you also.

  27. #27 Scott
    October 2, 2009

    I don’t get it. This nice, older, gentleman makes a statement regarding equal rights for gays in America, and you all get sappy. Come on, as a gay male, I don’t get the sentiment that you are all crying about. Be thankful as gay people we don’t have the right to marry. Who wants to be a member of an old institution that hasn’t always shown equality for all. Who wants to belong to an institution where people are still thought of as chattle. As a gay man I have the right to leave a relationship when I want and not have to fight for all that crap that I think should be mine. As a gay man, I am free to come and go and do as I please with whom I please and not have to answer to anyone. Gay people, we need to stand up and declare marriage as an institution that needs to be torn down and gotten rid of. Gay people need to unite. We already have equal rights. We just don’t think we do.

  28. #28 John Conway
    October 2, 2009

    Well, Scott, maybe your preferences aren’t the same as other people’s. Whoda thunk it?

  29. #29 marilove
    October 2, 2009

    Scott? You can do whatever you please.

    “As a gay man I have the right to leave a relationship when I want and not have to fight for all that crap that I think should be mine. As a gay man, I am free to come and go and do as I please with whom I please and not have to answer to anyone.”

    Notice that little letter? I? Yeah. That means YOU can do whatever you please.

    “Gay people, we need ”

    YOU are not all gay people. So stop with the “we”.

    Don’t want to get married? DON’T GET MARRIED! But plenty of people do.

  30. #30 Greg Laden
    October 2, 2009

    Scott: “As a gay man, I am free to come and go and do as I please with whom I please and not have to answer to anyone.”

    Not really. You don’t actually have safety in some places. Have you heard of Gay Bashing? If you have a sig-oth, and that person is suddenly in the hospital, you have no rights to visit even if his siblings who have disowned him and hated him all his life do (and they have a right to his stuff and you don’t. Maybe that will matter to you).

    I understand what you are saying, that at some level the whole social institution should be questioned. But I suspect you’ve lived a sort of privileged life in which you’ve not encountered some of the hard realities (that I hope you never actually do encounter).