Monday, October 18, 2010

Purple Thursday...

Thursday will be a Purple Day.  On Monday Digby passed along this message from a Facebook entry: [Here
It’s been decided! On October 20th, 2010, we will wear purple in honor of the LGBT youth who have committed suicide in recent weeks/months due to homophobic abuse in their homes and schools.
PURPLE represents Spirit on the LGBTQ flag and that’s exactly what we’d like all of you to have with you: spirit.  Please know that times will get better and that you will meet people who will love you and respect you for who you are, no matter your sexuality.
Please wear purple on October 20th. Tell your family, friends, co-workers, neighbors and schools.
Tyler Clementi, Seth Walsh, Justin Aaberg, Raymond Chase, Asher Brown, Cody J. Barker, Harrison Chase Brown, Caleb Nolt, Billy Lucas, Jeanine Blanchette, and Chantal Dube.
Spread The Message.  It is important that all this hate be stopped.
Let us hope that this catches on from coast to coast.
In the meantime, the WH’s Valarie Jarrett has been leaping up and down to explain away what she said in an interview with WaPo’s Jonathan Capehart a few days ago.  This is her retraction in its entirety which Capehart quoted: [Here]
In a recent interview I was asked about the recent tragedies about gay youth who have committed suicide, and I misspoke when I referred to someone's sexual identity as a "lifestyle choice." I meant no disrespect to the LGBT community, and I apologize to any who have taken offense at my poor choice of words. Sexual orientation and gender identity are not a choice, and anyone who knows me and my work over the years knows that I am a firm believer and supporter in the rights of LGBT Americans. Most of all, I hope this does not distract from the issue I was asked about -- the desperate, tragic decision by some young people who feel that their only recourse is to take their own lives because they are being bullied or harassed because they are gay, or because others believe they are gay. We must instill in young people respect for one another, and we must set an example of mutual regard and civility to create an environment that is safe for every person, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
Most folks would agree with Jonathan Capehart that Jarrett is no bigot, but her stumbling mistake indicated her incomplete understanding of LDBT issues.  We accept Jarrett’s explanation but, as Jane Hamsher points out, the larger problem with Jarrett’s clumsiness is that Jarrett is the person within the administration to whom the LGBT liaison reports and who also is involved in DADT policies.  Hamsher claims that Jarrett has had oversight responsibility for LGBT issues for the last two years.  [Here]
Will Jarrett wear purple on Thursday?
What do you think?...

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