In this place…
The people I’ve met. The stories I’ve been told. The lives they lead. The strength they have. What I’ve seen with my eyes…
There they go, on their bikes, crisp white shirts. Everyone waving. Nametags everywhere. Even on little girls at street fairs while they make their rainbow bracelets at the church that is not their church’s booth. Nice people, giving people, who just so happen to indoctrinate their kids with the idea that a heterosexual lifestyle is best. No matter how you shake it, that’s heterosexism.
In the South Visitor Center at Temple Square sits an interactive display. Kids can have fun with the video screens, touch them and learn about the ideal family. Even if their family isn’t this one view of family, they can learn what the best families are all about.
There they go again, on their bikes, black ties. Happy faces. Young. Ready to share their truth.
Door to door to door.
In this place too…
Evergreen – the best place to find your LDS same-sex mate! Two dads. Two moms. With kids. Fostering other’s kids. Raising their own kids. People – PEOPLE in loving, committed relationships, flying through God to get to freedom – to a place where they can live in love with their soul mate – not with their church-desired mate, which was an abusive mate or just not the mate their heart knew was the right one to live with, to grow with – TO THRIVE WITH!
Living on the streets when LDS dad and mom, who adopted you, force you out. When you’re brother day in and day out harasses you after you are strong and tell your family you are not their image of the perfect daughter. When you claim your sexuality and are bold enough to share it with them and the world.
Still being on the rolls of the church. Getting threatened with excommunication from the only faith you’ve known. Being excommunicated. Finding a way to start anew. Create your own faith, that is embracing, that is needed. And sharing that faith with the world – and inviting others to do the same with you. A true city of hope is born! And you are not alone.
In this place…
In this place there are others like you. Who yearn for full equality. Whose families and individual lives depend on it! When three of us are known to be beaten in just two weeks in this place, this place where we are blinded by the nightglow of the floating beauties, where everything seems so nice. In this place we are here. And we are here – IN DROVES.
We need it all – we need every law, we need kids taught about us, our history, our HUMANITY. We are every much part of the fabric that shrouds this place.
We are contributing to the reddish haze we see when the sun finally sets. We are part of the I-15 traffic jams coming in and out of the valley. We are not a by-product, a mistake, a sinning creature.
We are beautiful. We are full and complete. We are part of – not to be segregated in any way.
By and by they go, on their bikes, spreading the separation.
Maybe I’ll get lucky and one will walk with me, see what I’m seeing
In this place.
And they will keep their faith, but embrace all as equals.
And maybe these others will walk with me too – and demand what they can have in this place.