I don't usually get into politics on this blog, but I thought the letter below, written by actor Max Von Essen (who currently stars in the Broadway revival of EVITA) and posted on Facebook was too important not to share.
Von Essen succinctly says what I think and hope the letter below makes YOU think...
Today, I wrote this letter to an old friend who expressed his support for Romney on my Facebook page. I felt the need to share.
Hey ( ),
Listen, I know you didn't mean any harm commenting on this post and
I like you, we had some great times growing up. But Romney and Ryan
believe that I am less than you. They believe I am a second class
citizen and don't deserve the same rights that you had the privilege of
being born into simply by being straight. They want to add a
constitutional amendment that will ban gay marriage forever. It will set
us back decades and ensure that I never legally have the opportunity to
have a family or a partner in my lifetime.
They also believe that being at your partner's side when he/she is
dying is a benefit, not a civil right. They could keep me from my
partner dying in a hospital. Could you even imagine something like that
in your own life? Being separated from your wife on her death bed? Could
you imagine your marriage never being recognized and being told that
your family is not a family and you do not deserve any federal rights
that comes with marriage. Over 1100 rights. Did you know that? 1100.
Ryan doesn't believe in the hate crimes act fought unwaveringly for
by Judy Shepard, mother of Matthew Shepard, murdered for being gay in
Wyoming. Murdered for being gay. Could you imagine if I was murdered for
being gay? Could you really look my mom in the eye and say 'oh well, we
can not prosecute this crime as a hate crime'?
I know there are important issues involved in this campaign. I know
people are suffering and the economy has not improved at a rate we all
wish it would. Yes, people are suffering but the gay and lesbian
community has been suffering for hundreds of years and I am so tired of
it. So tired of feeling that I am less than. So tired of knowing I have
friends on here who will vote for someone who will keep me a second
class citizen for my entire lifetime. I have already spent half a
lifetime hiding, half a lifetime conforming. It is exhausting, demeaning
and I am worn out. I want to love myself full out. I want a president
who can look me in the eye and say 'You are equal!' 'You are equal to
everyone else in this country and I will fight for your rights. The time
is now and it is long overdue.' Romney and Ryan could not look me in
the eye and say that and I feel sorry for every gay and questioning
child who might have to listen to a president who believes that he/she
is not equal. Children will take their lives. It is the WORST form of
trickle down bullying and it absolutely splits my heart in half. When
the president says you are less than, it gives permission to every
authority figure, every politician, every teacher, every bully on the
playground to push you around and bully you and treat you less than. It
is dangerous and lives will be lost.
If this is not important to you, please remove me from your friends
list. I need people in my life who love me and consider me 100% equal.