opportunity to be threatened, humiliated and to live in fear of being beaten to death is
the only 'special right' our culture bestows on homosexuals."
- Diane Carman, Denver Post
Elegy to Matt
|Fri Oct 23,
1998 - 11:15AM EDT - 'ELEGY FOR MATT' - A WIRED STRATEGIES ESSAY
Elegy for Matt
by John Aravosis
For ten days in October, the world came out. In a global electronic epiphany, a light was turned on as millions tapped into an awareness, an understanding, and an empathy of gayness that before October 9 most had never known.
We held vigils, sent emails, shared our grief, and demanded change. Many found a new drive to live - and others, a spirit-to-fight long forgotten.
From Zimbabwe to Australia, and from Portland Oregon to Portland Maine, our love knew no borders, we cast aside our prejudices, and tended the bedside of a dying young man.
Religious extremists vilify us. Call us
diseased, perverted, immoral, and abomination. They say on TV and radio that we deserve to
lose our jobs, our children, our families and our homes. They prepare studies for Congress
"proving" we are unfit teachers, parents, ambassadors, and soldiers. They liken
us to adulterers, murderers, kleptomaniacs, and alcoholics. And they accuse us of being
anti-family, anti-Christian, anti-God, and anti-America.
It is simply not possible to preach the
inhumanity of man, then blithely skulk away when principle meets practice. It is simply
not moral to give a child a gun, then feign ignorance when someone gets hurt.
Last week a part of us died, but another
was reborn. And while we didn't win the hearts of Congress, we captured the soul of
America, and the world. Many of us are no longer afraid. No longer alone. And no longer
complacent in the face of evil. While angry, sad and dispirited, we finally fought back
for one of our own. And it felt good, and just.