So I'm sitting here on my balcony getting some work done, and I decided to log on to the Guardian a UK news source...I am a self admitted news junkie. I prefer news from Al-Jezerra, BBC, Democracy Now etc., It doesn't make me smarter, I just prefer news sources outside of America for the most part. Anyway, I came across an article for a story I've been following about the slain gay rights activist David Kato. He was murdered the other day in his home country of Uganda--bludgeoned to death with a hammer. His funeral yesterday was marred by angry and hateful words from a so called man of God. A pastor--the presiding pastor of this service--called on homosexuals to repent or "be punished by God."
David Kato, was assassinated fighting for the lives of African gay men and women. Then, a pastor pulls a cowardly act.
It took a few minutes for me to wrap my head around what I read. This man appointed-- trusted by Mr. Kato's family and friends had to witness one final act of hatred at his home going service. The tears are stinging my eyes as I type this. I might be prone to depression, fits of anger, and other maladies but never hatred. For the life of me, I cannot comprehend attacking another being--human, animal, plant--except roaches and silver fish. They're fucking gross. Confucius say "Squash them."
I'm not sure what the aim of this post is. I just know I needed to get it out. I have many friends who are gay, bi-sexual, lesbian, transgender or gay adjacent. I am a straight woman, but if given the chance I'd mince Rachel Maddow under the news desk--all jokes aside, it hurts my heart to read these stories. I take so much for granted, living in West Hollywood where many openly gay people frolic & flourish. I know once my feelings of anger past, I'll realize that Mr. Kato's life has not ended. If anything he has ascended--though we divided by continents, those are still my kinsmen. I pray to God (and not the clergy) that some day we can all truly get along.
I'll fight for you anyway I can David Kato. They say the pen is mightier than the sword--but I disagree. Sylvester is as mighty as you get.
For the article visit The Guardian