Thursday, November 13, 2008

Tax this church! Tax this church!

they shouted at the gay protest at the Mormon Temple in the Lincoln Square neighborhood of Manhattan's Upper West Side.

Electrifying, but not in the old-school way (or maybe I am just older). I was weaving through the crowd remembering the March on Washington in 1993. There were many tearful moments during that weekend, but last night was different. A much more serious and clear-eyed conviction about justice that is within our reach if we push for change. In the "old-school" days, just seeing the queer community assembled and visible was thrilling. We are used to that by now, but what was really amazing was the diversity of the last night's crowd. Many straight people attended. People who simply want to get the monkey of religion off the back of our government. People who know right from wrong, and are not afraid to tell a large church that it is dead wrong, that its actions are unacceptable and that there will be consequences.

You ought to go to one of the concurrent Saturday events at town halls all over the country. Look at the faces of the crowd and try to tell me we won't win this. In adversity, we are closer than ever to justice.

Joey was there (with a sign he brought back from California).

Eric was there.

Danny and his partner, frequent Farmboyz commenter Rey, were there.

The two guys C and I met when they had been protesting all alone in front of the Mormon Temple last Sunday were there.

There were many thousands of others. A peaceful crowd. Young, strong and convincing. No speeches. No politicians. No celebrities on red carpets or platforms. Just people who, because they can no longer count on the leaders of church and state to lead, have taken matters into their own hands. This is just the beginning. We ain't seen nothin yet.

(Here's a link to the full set of my photos.)


Gavin said...

Thanks for the video and pics!

Anonymous said...

I guess the Catholics and Evangelicals are laughing at the stupidity of the Mormons. "They donate most of the money and effort, get all the bad press, and we reap the benefits! How sweet is that?" Talk about pulling strings.

Nice cepia tones BTW.

dpaste said...

I was there, but somehow I didn't see you in the crowd. Fancy that! I never found Eric or Little Tom either, but I did finally catch up with Joe and Aaron and Craig and Little Nick.

Anonymous said...

I was there too! It was a great crowd.

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