I remember when I came out three years ago, when I was fourteen. I had a hard time with one group of girls, who were really insistent about religion and how god would hate me for being bisexual.
I also know that I made more friends than I ever thought I would have. All of a sudden, the gay community in my high school was all around me, and I never felt more supported in all my life. I never had to fear for my safety, because there was always someone around me until the rest of the school just accepted that I was part of the GLBTQ community.
Coming out to my parents wasn't really that difficult, as both of them had had bisexual experiences in the past and were comfortable around homosexuality. I was lucky in that respect.
When I learned that Zach's *parents,* those people who are supposed to love you no matter what you do or who you are, had shipped him off to an ex-gay camp I was absolutely furious. How can anyone be so insensitive towards their own family members, towards their own son?
Can someone please explain to me how the Fundies see this Camp as LOVE in Action? Because all I'm seeing is a perverted sense of hatred that no one deserves to be buried under.
The HTML code below links to the original topic in the "Free Zach!" message board started by Wappy (aka 'Shalom!'). The image also includes a textual reminder of Zach's blog URL, for anyone wondering. The actual base image (the girl in the background) itself is a stock photo from the Stock XChange, thus there are no intellectual property issues, nor are there and legal or personal issues attached to it (Its public property). I created it in Adobe Photoshop CS 8.0. [End of the technical details]. I hope I helped.
I went to a meeting today to discuss the first issue of my friends magazine/newspaper, "The Second Opinion"; which will be circulating through out this area. They were looking for ideas on topics and a real purpose for the publication. I suggested human rights, and the fight against religious fundamentalism. I specifically cited the case of the "Free Zach!" and LIA-R. The group, at first, didn't take kindly to the idea, and they pretty much shot down having anything about it.
When I got home from the meeting, I talked to Jared, the leader of the group and the publication. He said that if I write some articles on the issues I discussed that he would put the entire publication behind it. A small victory, and a small difference; but I hope it'll help the "Free Zach!" effort and human rights none-the-less.
So, I'm going to write several articles regarding the situation in Memphis and the specific child abuse and human rights violations being committed at LIA-R, as well as a piece on the power of the internet and use the "Free Zach!" group on MySpace, as an example of that.
The '__unbroken__' community exists to say that no one need be ashamed of their sexual orientation, sexuality, gender, race, etc... No one is broken, we are all perfect as we came; and this community will conquer those who would say otherwise.
The extended goals of this community are: to be a free outlet of intellectual thought on human rights and humanist values, abroad; to be an information source on both local and global injustices regarding human rights, and humanist values; and to be a place to rally support for those who need it.