So interesting that you speak of anger, Brian Fehler. That’s a subject that Ken Wilson and I have discussed a lot in the past few months. Anger is one of the things that first connected us — my expression of it and his encouragement. Anger is healthy and positive among members of oppressed minorities.

If we weren’t angry, we’d be out of our heads! If we weren’t angry, we’d rarely accomplish anything. Act Up and Queer Nation made their bones on anger, and at their hearts, principals of even big “corporate” activist groups like HRC and Lambda Legal are angry. Otherwise they’d be off making real money somewhere rather than working in the nonprofit sector.

We have to harness our anger and let it fuel us as we fight for change.

Dude, your boyfriend Joey DIED because of cultural values enforced by religious leaders, many of whom KNOW their theologies are suspect, but who carry on with them anyway.

I’m MAD at religious leaders who de-humanize queer people. I don’t just disagree with them gently and politely, I’m pissed! I think many of them are either willfully ignorant or dishonest — going along with theologies and doctrines they KNOW aren’t sound. They don’t want want to rock the boat.

Ken’s been beating at gunwales for years now, trying to shake up the ship of the progressive Evangelical movement.

Now my question is, how can I help? How can all of us help? We won’t do it by losing our anger, that’s for sure. We have to express our righteous outrage effectively. To the right people, in ways that move hearts that are ready to move.

We have to tell our stories, shout our truths from the rooftops, make our experiences not just known, but felt.

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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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