Wow. Did I touch a nerve?
The responses have been almost overwhelming. I've been deluged with e-mails and the blogosphere has lit up like a signal fires on the mountainsides. I thought I'd share some highlights:
I was asked to be on Abdul in the Morning (1430AM WXNT). I'll be appearing tomorrow morning from 8am-9am. Tune in. If someone can record it for me, I'd be eternally grateful (or at least for a little while!). While I've been on the radio several times to represent various groups or causes, I've never been asked on just for myself - or the blog. Rather cool, eh?
The tip line has been overflowing. I've read gossip, seen old newspaper articles, been suggested sources and even had an offer to pay for a private investigator if I found anything that needed pictures or a recording! One person sent it out as a MySpace bulletin - if you're on there, add me as a friend and then send out your own bulletin.
Keep 'em coming, guys. Tell me what you've got - and ask around too. Send a link to the post to your personal mailing list and ask them to help me out if they agree with me.
The most amazing thing about this is that there has only been one negative post on the blogosphere about my decision. So far, only one commentor has expressed some distaste. That shocks me actually. This was a very hard decision for me to make - whether or not to launch "all out war."
But as I said in my last post, I'm fed up. I'm tired of being the punching bag. I'm tired of my relationship not equaling everyone else's - being second class. I'm tired of worrying about whether or not I'll be accepted because of my sexuality or whether I should come out to my employer/co-worker/landlord/whomever. I'm tired of hypocrites who beat their spouses, screw around, drink too much, do too many drugs, ignore their kids, pay for hookers, have abortions, take bribes or whatever it is that they have stuffed in their closet making judgments on my morals while beating me with the stick that is government. They call this an attack on marriage, but I only see them playing offense.
I played nice when I organized the community to pass the human rights ordinance. We did everything with smiles and flowers and love. We did it the Martin Luther King way. But this time they're not just trying to be able to fire me. I can find another job. They're not trying to be able to kick me out of my house. I can find a new place to live.
They're trying to delegitimize my relationship with my partner and our child. And I will fight for that. I will fight with everything that I have in my being - like a mother cat for her kittens. They've gone too far. This is a frontal assault on my family by a group of fundamentalist bigots. So, as the commentor suggested, I'm turning more Malcolm X than MLK.
But what do you think? Is it fair? Is it worthwhile as a strategy? Am I misguided? Do you have a better way? Let's have it.
See the blogs that have linked to the story after the jump:
UPDATE: See the following links for more posts on bilerico.com about this topic:
The Dirty Underbelly - the original post
Touch a nerve? - the followup
The story gets out - list of bloggers linking to the post
You're mad too? Welcome to IAN - A way you help to channel some of your anger
"What You People Should Do" - Chris Douglas weighs in
Battling Legislative Hypocricy - Don Sherfick speaks
Looking for Specifics - some info I need based on tips that I've gotten
Weekend Roundup - A roundup of posts on the site and more blogs that are linking to the post