What Is Blogging For Truth?

For over 30 years there have been organizations dedicated to spreading lies and false studies about our lives, our loves and our persons.

It's time to stop listening to and believing them.

Let's tell the world our truths and stand up to speak for ourselves instead.

Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one's definition of your life; define yourself. ~Harvey Fierstein

Monday

Flesh and Blood Truth

These two quotes have been rolling around in my head now for over a week:

The first from Lauro Aguirre: "Truth for the tyrants is the most terrible and cruel of all bindings, it is like and incandescent iron falling across their chests, and it is even more agonizing than hot iron for that only burns the flesh, while truth, burns it's way into the soul..." and from Robert Louis Stevenson: “Truth, even in literature, must be clothed with flesh and blood, or it cannot tell its whole story.” 

They tie into my last post and what Jendi Reiter wrote for us last May. One particular series of statements from her writing has continued to haunt my mind and grow in scope:   Some conservatives address the problem by redefining what homosexuality is. It's an immoral choice, it's a curable neurosis, it's a perversion. It has to be, because the text says so.

This is the rhetorical move that frightens me. "We know you better than you know yourself: your love is only lust, your identity is confusion, and if you can't change, it's because you're not trying hard enough." Basically, the conservative church is saying to GLBT people that they can't trust their own perceptions of reality, even concerning the contents of their own minds and the feelings in their bodies."....
 
....Other conservatives would acknowledge that same-sex orientation may be innate and unchangeable, but they argue that the Bible calls all people so afflicted to live celibately. This position at least avoids the necessity of spreading misinformation about GLBT sexuality, but it's still a variation of the same power grab discussed above.

She goes on to point out: All of us "Bloggers for Truth" have stories we can tell about our own partnerships or those of our parents, teachers, pastors and friends--all GLBT people whose lives have been touched by the Spirit. But we also have to make the Scriptural case that stories are truths, on a par with or superior to the truths of abstract reasoning, at least when it comes to practical ethics. Time and time again I hear anti-gay Christians argue that we are biased by our personal desires (either lust or pride) while they are merely following "what the Bible says". Their epistemology doesn't allow for scrutiny of the human element in interpretation, nor of their own emotional biases, because they need the Bible to remain magically exempt from the human condition of partiality and uncertainty.

Where has this been all leading? From now on the focus of this site will no longer be to expose the Anti-Gay's industry's lies and rhetoric, the pieces written here and elsewhere, as well as the findings of the most reputable medical and psychological organizations across the globe, are proof enough that they continue to use bad science, fear and outright lies to spread their vitriol.  We know they do.  We KNOW they do.  Enough of focusing on the negative. I am believing that as we move forward towards our rights, this can become a starting place, hopefully, of affirmation, encouragement and healing.  To share our truths with each other and even the world, and see how common our experiences are, to tell why you know you are who you are and how amazing it is to be just that. 

Once we have achieved the recognition of the rights that already belong to us as citizens, we will need to accept within ourselves that we do indeed deserve them.  Our greatest offense and defense against further oppression is breaking down any lingering doubts of what our hearts and minds already know, we are full citizens, who deserve full civil and human rights.

I would like to encourage any of you who wish to offer an article of your own flesh and blood truth, to email this blog at the contact link on the left. 

Your experience is the truth, it is your witness and it is our power.  From now on, all of us can come to accept that what we know is true, and no one will ever be able to take that away from us. 

“There are certain things that are fundamental to human fulfillment. The essence of these needs is captured in the phrase 'to live, to love, to learn, to leave a legacy'. The need to live is our physical need for such things as food, clothing, shelter, economical well-being, health. The need to love is our social need to relate to other people, to belong, to love and to be loved. The need to learn is our mental need to develop and to grow. And the need to leave a legacy is our spiritual need to have a sense of meaning, purpose, personal congruence, and contribution." -- Steven R. Covey


7 comments:

  1. I'm not sure where to post this. Either Blogging for Truth or The Truth About LGBTQ Youth.

    Anyways there was a news on TV today about cops raiding a gay club in my country. I think they got captured. No further details given though. It was a short news.

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  2. I don't know how else to convey my response to this article except by typing out "a standing ovation". I know that it has been a long time since I've visited your blog but I'm in awe of your writing and my heart is swooning about this message...Pointing out hypocrisy maybe necessary but it does not seem inspiring.

    Since we have nothing to prove to anyone lets us just stand firm in the fullness of our beings and communicate with confidence that we are deserving of all constitutional rights, as well as the right to be respected and worship in sincerity along side any and everyone(if you choice to).

    Rebecca this is a home run and I thank you for writing. I'm leaving truly inspired.

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  3. JJ, I am so sorry to hear that, I have not been able to find anything on your report, but, I don't always know how to look.
    Please keep me updated if you have more!

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  4. Thanks Pretty Selfish, (interesting name choice because I don't think you are at all).
    But I may be biased.
    I am glad you are inspired by it!

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  5. Rebecca,

    Well from I understood so far, they captured the under age (teens).

    I understand that they are underage. But it's also pity as majority of these teens are just looking for venue to speak and to be themselves (Since my country do not accept homosexuality). Gay club is pretty much their last resort I guess.

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  7. Hi Friends,
    Jesus is the way, the truth and the light. HE says put on the full armor of God, raise your children in the way they should go and many will come in my name. Jesus is right and you just have to read the Bible to find truth. The Jones Town, Gay church and the rest is just BS. God is all but gone in America, sad.
    Gary Anderson, San Diego

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