V for Vision

Vision….to have a vision or idea is all that is needed to start a revolution. I would like you to consider the following quotes from “V for Vendetta”. After reading this post, if you agree with my points, I ask you to link this post to any LGBT friendly forum or organization. Spread the word. Take a stand. Draw a line, this far. No further.

  • […] Because while the truncheon may be used in lieu of conversation, words will always retain their power. Words offer the means to meaning, and for those who will listen, the annunciation of truth. And the truth is, there is something terribly wrong with this country, isn’t there? Cruelty and injustice, intolerance, and oppression.” – V from V for Vendetta.
  • […]fairness, justice, and freedom are more than words, they are perspectives. – V from V for Vendetta

Revolution. The newest revolution is the Tea Party movement which is an amazing story all to itself. A group of people get together and decide they are tired of how government is run. Within a short time they are generating tons of money, enjoy large membership and helping new voices to be added to our government and removing the career politician. But are these voices the ones we want or need? Largely the tea party is conservative and many conservatives are against us. Not all. But many. Perhaps what our community needs is its own revolution. Perhaps it is time that we, as an entire community work as ONE, under one banner and do as the Tea Party did. They are bringing about change and elections are coming. Should we not speak louder ourselves?

This next quote can be said about every major civil rights leader that has inspired this country and lead to great change. Most of them were murdered for their vision.

  • “We are told to remember the idea, not the man, because a man can fail. He can be caught, he can be killed and forgotten, but…years later, an idea can still change the world. I’ve witnessed first hand the power of ideas, I’ve seen people kill in the name of them, and die defending them… but you cannot kiss an idea, cannot touch it, or hold it…ideas do not bleed, they do not feel pain, they do not love… – Evey from V for Vendetta
  • “[…] Ideas, are bullet proof.”V from V for Vendetta

People will kill in the name of an idea. It happens everywhere, everyday. People die to defend ideas, again, everywhere, everyday. There is a website that shows those that are TS or TG that have been killed by the idea’s in the killers head that drove them to murder. I want to point out this case:

Roy Antonio Jones III
Location: Southampton, NY
Cause of Death: Punched repeatedly and grabbed by the neck
Date of Death: August 1, 2010
Roy was 16 Months old.
Note: 20 year old Pedro Jones told police he had struck the infant several times with a closed fist. Jones said he was “trying to make him act like a boy instead of a little girl.”
Source:http://www.27east.com/news/article.cfm/Southampton/293472/Suspect-in-Shinnecock-toddler-death-pleads-not-guilty-to-manslaughter

I think you need to add the “R” to “Manslaughter” at the end of the link. How sad is this?

Would you die defending an idea? Would you live to defend one? The Vision our community desires is Fairness, justice, equality and freedom. Forever. The idea that people can treat those of us who have different sexual orientations and different gender identities as less then human, as garbage, as dogs needs to stop. We need YOUR voice to make this heard. We must bind together and speak so loudly that no one can ignore us. We must do this for us, our children and their future.

Lastly, this sums up exactly the position that all of us, both sides of the debate are in.

  • “I suddenly had this feeling that everything was connected. It’s like I could see the whole thing, one long chain of events that stretched all the way back. I felt like I could see everything that happened, and everything that is going to happen. It was like a perfect pattern, laid out in front of me. And I realised we’re all part of it, and all trapped by it.”
Every quote there speaks about ideas and vision.
The fight for equal rights and the fight for the LGBT community to be seen as equals, with equal and fair access to the law, protected by our state and government and treated with simple respect is ongoing. Going back to the beginning of the country there is indeed a pattern. One group oppresses another, that group eventually fights back in courts and protests. Then, finally, things change. The world turns and things get better. Not perfect mind you, but better. Here, in our blight, the pattern begins again.
We are indeed all apart of it, and all trapped by it. Regardless of if you are in the debate or not, the fight for equality concerns all of you. It may not be you who is fighting to defend your right for equality now, but it may be someday. How will history view those today who are stating the same argument they tried to shove down the throats of African Americans; “Separate but equal”.
Sure we can have the same rights as married folks (in some states.)(Equal). Sure we can have relationships of our choosing (Equal) but we cannot marry(Separate), we cannot have the schools teach our children about important, gay historical figures like Harvey Milk, who was basically the MLK for the LGB community(Separate). They tell us we “can have everything, but…”. Separate but equal. There are many kids in school who are harassed for being over weight or awkward or different, but there are so many who are harassed for “acting or seeming” gay. I was one of those kids. It hurt. All these children need protection, not just some. Why does a special bill have to be introduced to include LGBT kids? Should it not be ALL children? Again, Gay and Trans kids can attend school (Equal)  but will they be offered the same protection(Separate)?
I ask you to think of your own Vision for the future. Be that the future of today, tomorrow, this month or this year. My Vision is for all of us to stand together. One Voice. One large mass of the Country, just as the Tea Party movement did. Together and only together can we speak loudly enough that we can make the States and Federal Governments afraid of losing their positions when elections come around. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government[…] – Constitution of the United States of America.
Though I am certainly not proposing an over throw of Government, I am saying we certainly need to alter who we have in office if those that represent us allow discrimination. Together we can remind them of the past so those mistakes are not repeated as they are today. Together we can make these words mean something again:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — ” -Constitution of the United States of America.
LiVia
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~ by LiVia on May 5, 2011.

2 Responses to “V for Vision”

  1. You may not want to model yourself after the Tea Party, unless you have a group of billionaires standing ready to fund you in secret, and a major news outlet willing to promote everything you do as though you were a real grassroots movement.

    • I was using them as an example of how it started out originally. Not what it became. The point was for all these organizations that help the community to come together in one voice instead of several. Or, even better, for the people to stand up in a collective group, as the Original Tea party did, and demand change. We are getting buried under all this movements that have turned far right extremist. We need a voice of our own that speaks JUST as loud.

      LiVia

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