Stop it, Austin Glass.

You made a thoughtless comment to Brian’s thoughtful article, not bothering to look into what you wrote before you wrote it. There’s nothing wrong with two boys kissing in children’s literature, even if the literature in question hadn’t been specifically written for late adolescents.

Your knee-jerk response to the subject revealed your discomfort with gay people and said nothing at all about BFoundAPen.

You then dug yourself in further by complaining that LGBTQ people are over-represented in popular media and that we make up a smaller portion of society than we (or other people) think we do.

Chew in this for a while:

We know exactly and viscerally what kind of minority we’re in. We feel it in our bones every day. Our vulnerability eats at us and our sense of personal safety and security.

And you know why?

Because of people like you.

That’s right. You’re a much bigger problem than that moronic book burner. I mean, face it. He’s not quite sane, is he? Reasonable people everywhere are making fun of him and telling him not to burn books.

Nobody really worries about him. It’s people like you popping out of the woodwork to say, “Ew! Boys kisssing!” who are a much bigger problem.

It’s people like you telling us to be quiet and understand what a tiny minority we are who are a much bigger problem.

You could have been supportive. You could have said, “Hey, you guys need some presence in literature for a change.”

But that’s nothing at all like what you did.

And you’re gonna say Brian hates people?

I think you need to spend more time reading his article.

Clearly, it didn’t sink in with you.

Gwen Saoirse Eric Griggs Kay Bolden Gloria Bates Fred Shirley

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

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