Remember how after Prop 8 had passed, how all those angry gay activists marched across Los Angeles to protest outside the Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Westwood while hurling insults against that faith and its followers? They reserved special scorn for Mormons, given their support for the successful California ballot initiative enshrining the traditional definition of marriage in the state constitution.
Now, with gays suffering persecution (and execution) in various regimes around the world, left-wing blogger Michael Petrelis wonders Why Didn’t Gays Protest UN’s General Assembly? If they’re going to protest one church opposing state recognition of same-sex marriage, why aren’t the protesting one international institution refusing to condemn extremists of another faith for persecuting and executing gays?
Petrelis reports that when, “when Rob Anderson, a gay journalist who has covered global gay issues for the New Republic in the past, posted [a] message to the GaysWithoutBorders group on Yahoo,” asking about rallies “being planned by/for/about queer issues,” he got no responses:
Unfortunately, no one replied to Rob and I’ve been unable to locate any info about any gay-specific actions of any sort taking place during the opening this week of the United Nation’s General Assembly.
In talking to another gay journalist, Petrelis learned that other issues likely have sapped the energy of potential protesters, depriving the of media attention. Still, he believes protests might have accomplished something:
You might ask, why do any or all of that organizing, when the competition for media and political attention is so fierce? The answers are because it is such an important week on the international agenda and efforts must be made at such times to show that we are an engaged community, because our actions could break through the competition and garner widespread or respectable attention, and simply to exercise our global gay networks.
Lefty Petrelis may be, but he is a man of integrity, standing up for gay people suffering around their world while those supposedly representing us remain silent. He doesn’t need for our opponent to be an American social conservative. He just wants to speak out when our fellows are the victims.