Tahlequah Daily Press

June 6, 2014

LGBTQ: We’re people, too


TAHLEQUAH — Editor, Daily Press:

I’ve recently seen a very sad sight here in Tahlequah. I saw an article in the newspaper calling the LGBT community two-spirited queers, wierdos, an abomination, and Satan’s followers, and telling us to “Repent, turn, or burn,” if I am reading correctly.

The writer, Corene Fisher, whom I’m going to assume is a Christian, is entitled to worship as she pleases. [This letter is addressed to her.]

You can pray every night without being looked down upon; you can go to church every Sunday and Wednesday without so much as a second glance. You are able to shout your religion from the rooftops and you wouldn’t get anything but maybe a few awkward stares.

But we so much as have a gathering together that’s supporting the LGBT community, and you feel the need to look down on us, assuming that we follow an inversion of Christianity. Don’t try to shove your religion down on all of the non-religious people here in Tahlequah. There are plenty of people here in our small town who don’t quite share the same beliefs as yourself.

Do you see anyone else trying to tell you that you shouldn’t practice your religion because it’s against theirs? No. Who does that? People like you. Don’t get me wrong: There are plenty of people, including members of my family, who are Christian and have still found it in their hearts to accept me as I am. Do I believe in God? No, I do not. But I also don’t believe in Satan.

If we weren’t prepared for people like you, do you think we would have had the amazing picnic we had the other day in Norris Park? No. But we did, because we are prepared. It’s amazing that there are still people like you in the world. I may not pray for you, but I’ll wish you the best. Even though we don’t share the same beliefs, I hope you can someday come to realize that we aren’t here to harm you.

We aren’t a cult that’s out to corrupt your children. We are people with feelings. If your own child were to come out to you, would you want to burn him for his sexual orientation? Think about that. If you answered yes to that, then you might as well check yourself into the nearest psychiatric hospital. Because we are people.

All you’re doing is putting America backward into history. You’re repeating the witch trials, the discrimination of blacks, and to make matters worse, you’re repeating exactly what happened to women like you at one time in history!

I’m very sorry that you feel the need to hate those you don’t know. Have a wonderful day and take care, Ms. Fisher.

Kyla Sargent