My son came home from school yesterday after having watched a movie about the Civil Rights movement in the 1960's.
It was horrible, he said.
As he described the church bombing, the hoses and the police dogs, he asked me, why?
People who were in power wanted to stay in power. They wanted to beat them down but they fought back.
Jake was listening to this conversation. After about an hour, he came up and asked me, Why did they kill the girls that were changing their clothes?
I said, They bombed the church. They didn't care who was inside.
He kept asking questions, throughout the rest of the day. Finally, I said to him, You're trying to make sense of this. It doesn't make any sense.
Eleven gay bars in Seattle had ricin threats sent to them in the mail on Tuesday. Last night, hackers brought down a bunch of LGBT blogs.
Pam's House Blend, RadicalRuss.net, American Liberalism, BeThink.org are some of the sites affected. I haven't gone down the whole Soapblox blogroll yet, so far it seems the state blogs were not affected; I assume the hack is restricted to only one server.
As I listened to my sons try and digest the horror of the Civil Rights movement, I wanted to say something about what is going on today in the LGBT movement. How transpeople all over the south are being killed with no real police effort to do anything about it. How Sean Kennedy's murderer is being set free after little time in jail.
How could I? How could I explain that people do hateful things to people who are different and that I, their mother, am one of the targets? Just because the one I am in love with, the one I want to spend the rest of my life with, share the responsibilities of adulthood with, share my bed with, is a woman instead of a man.
It doesn't make any sense.