For me, 2010 is/was about Republican political shaming of The Gays- and about the relative silence surrounding the issue. The Montana GOP approved a platform which included this blatant piece of ignorance and bigotry:
We support the clear will of the people of Montana expressed by legislation to keep homosexual acts illegal.
Despite the fuss I made, that others made, the discomfort from one Montana Republican leader(no leader of the Democrats said a word), the platform plank is still there. Despite my letters to elected officials, to the Log Cabin Republicans, to advocacy groups, no one really paid much attention. In fact, I only got one lukewarm response - from GLAAD. The issue got mentioned a few times- including once by Rachel Maddow, then it seems, was forgotten.
It's sad. It's even more sad when you figure the Texas GOP into the equation. They, too have a "Jail The Gays" plank.
Why can't we get it together?
I tried to make the case that "Montana Matters"- a few nibbles, a few more voices added to the chorus, but still, nothing changed. I'm not sure I should be surprised, but it doesn't keep me from being disappointed.
I want us to be better than that. I want the LGBT community to speak out against this with one voice. I want Republican allies and Log Cabin Republicans to take a stand. I want straight allies and parents of LGBT children to speak up. I want Democrats to see this for what it is: blatant persecution and bigotry - and do something about it. I want to live in a world - or at least a state, where ugliness and hate don't win - not even one round.
I know. As my mother says "..and people in hell want ice water."
But they won this one. Again, I remind you, nothing changed. That plank is still there. In both states. Despite the amazing victories we've had this year, despite the DADT repeal, despite the increased awareness of LGBT bullying, despite the increased polling numbers for same-sex marriage, despite the popularity of Glee - institutionalized homophobia is alive and well.
They got away with it.
My resolution for 2011 is this: I will work to bring liberty and justice for all - even in the so-called "flyover" states. Because this phrase in the Pledge of Allegiance isn't true yet. Because the erosion of our humanity is happening right in front of our noses - and I find it troubling, offensive, perverse and distinctively un-American.