The gays can’t win in Kentucky these days.
Rather than having Fairness leaders working on legislators 24/7 (going to Frankfort once a year to have meetings with Mary Lou Marzian and Joni Jenkins doesn’t count), here’s what energy is being focused on:
Faith Leaders for Fairness will host “Witness of Love: A Pray-In” on the public property in front of the Chick-fil-A restaurant at 5001 Shelbyville Road (across from Mall St. Matthews) at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, August 11th. The “Pray-In” is a peaceful gathering of LGBTQ-affirmative faith leaders and people of faith from across the community who will offer a symbolic prayer in support of civil rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals.
Following a prayer of affirmation and inclusion, spiritual hymns will be sung by people of faith as they stand before the restaurant holding signs that share positive, faith-based support for LGBTQ love and Fairness. Recently-ordained openly gay Baptist minister Rev. Maurice “Bojangles” Blanchard will join other local pastors in leading the action.
WHAT: “Witness of Love: A Pray-In”
WHEN: Saturday, August 11, 10:30 a.m.
WHERE: Chick-fil-A, 5001 Shelbyville Road, Louisville, KY
WHO: Faith Leaders for Fairness
Fairness Supporters of Faith
Sure, Dan Cathy and Chick-fil-a have a right to be hateful and ignorant. Yes, it’s crazy that the man has spent millions pushing hatred with groups like Exodus International and the Family Research Council while the right-wing makes the whole mess out to be an issue of free speech.
But beating a dead horse with this issue involving one hater and his corporation (and non-profit organization) accomplishes next to nothing in Kentucky. It’s a publicity stunt. A bad publicity stunt at best. It does nothing to educate the average person passing by about Dan Cathy’s hatred and how it has nothing to do with the freedom of speech and everything to do with using his millions to further ignorance and hatred. It doesn’t remedy the fact that thousands of people will flock to the diabetes drive-through purely because the man hates the gays.
We get the need for counter-protests and the hope for civility and prayer and equality. We get it. We work for a gay guy who isn’t afraid to speak out about gay rights and discrimination on the state level. We get it. We really do get it.
It’s just that until that same amount of energy is focused on educating every small town in the Commonwealth, nothing will change. Until that same amount of energy is focused on every legislator in Frankfort – including those on the far right, nothing will change. Until that same amount of energy is focused on educating school districts in small towns about the importance of ending bullying and anti-gay pestering to stop the dramatic gay youth suicide rate, nothing will change. It’s just beating a dead dead dead horse that the already anti-gay thrive on.
No, we wouldn’t be opening our mouths if there was actual work beyond a whisper being done to change things in Frankfort. So save it.