Joe Jervis of Joe My God received a death thread over Twitter yesterday. As Joe writes here, Twitter declined to take any action against the person responsible for the threat.
In a political season filled with sweeping discussions that could literally effect everyone on Earth, not to mention a breadth of issues that directly impact the LGBT community, why am I writing about a gay blogger getting threats? Is this really a relevant topic?
I'd argue that yes, it is.
Precisely because many of our struggles as a community are so grand, it's valuable to be reminded that hate and opposition can be very personal. It isn't something we as a community want to be reminded of. Hate and bigotry aimed at us as a nebulous group is easier to accept than hate directed at us as individuals. But in a perfect example of how a "hate crime" works, the personal threat against Joe, is by extension an attack on us all. We are all made to feel nervous, both for Joe and for ourselves.
There's a lot that Joe and I don't agree on, but of course my thoughts and prayers are that this threat is just that, an attack of intimidation, rather than an actual precursor to violence.
But there are people out there who truly hate us for our sexual orientation and/or gender identity, and given the opportunity might very well do violence against us. It's a warning we can ill afford to forget.
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