I find this argument odd, and rhetorically speaking, a matter of false equivalence. I live in a country where coalitions of Catholic bishops and Evangelical people are successfully lobbying the Trump Administration to roll back civil equality for LGBTQ people. The administration argued to the Supreme Court two weeks ago that employers should have the legal right to fire gay people for being gay. And that’s just one very small example of the evil that Christian leaders are getting up to.

I should call that OK because Muslim LGBTQ people living elsewhere have it worse?

The doctrines that Catholic schools teach to children do great harm, empirically speaking. LGBTQ adolescents are driven to suicide by the teachings. Other kids become intolerant. This is a matter of measured fact and not of opinion.

I should call that OK because Muslim LGBTQ people living elsewhere have it worse?

Of course I shouldn’t, and neither should should any decent, civilized person. Most people learn in Kindergarten that it’s not cool to hurt people for being different. Jerome Lavigne clearly skipped those lessons.

No, I’m not going to settle for living marginally more freely than LGBTQ people in some Muslim-majority countries. I’m going to continue to demand full equality and full freedom, despite what certain small-minded religious people push for.

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Writer. Runner. Marine. Airman. Former LGBTQ and HIV activist. Former ActUpNY and Queer Nation. Polyglot. Middle-aged, uppity faggot. jamesfinnwrites@gmail.com

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