Rick Perry’s big Jesuspalooza was today, in Houston’s Reliant Stadium, and some brave Texans took time to demonstrate that homophobia and transphobia kills. These GetEQUAL TX members staged a funeral celebrating the lives of those killed by transphobia and homophobia: two phobias central to the Xtianist believers who supported Rick Perry’s The Response today.
From the commentary on the YouTube:
A funeral procession is held for all thr LGBTQ people murdered or who have taken their own lives because of the hateful rheteric of the American Family Association. Their hate event is sanctioned by Texas Governor Rick Perry.
Rick Perry may run for President, but he can’t run from his association with these hate preachers and hatemonger groups who sponsored his big event.
Funeral marchers speak out in GetEQUAL TX’s press release:
“Our Governor invited, and therefore endorsed, groups to preach hate in our state,” said GetEQUAL Texas State Lead Organizer Michael Diviesti. “The American Family Association and the Family Research Council empower the bullies that are driving our youth to suicide and the murderers who kill out of hatred and ignorance.”
For the LGBT community, this was a day to stand up and fight back — not against prayer, but against those using their religion as a justification for the harm they cause to others.
“Governor Perry called for prayer to confront the crisis faced by our nation. Sadly, those sponsoring the event are the cause of the crisis that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans and their families are facing”, said Jay Morris, GetEQUAL Texas State Lead Organizer. “Religion and prayer should not be used as tools for bigotry and inequality.”
“I’m not surprised that he spoke at this event,” said Julie Pousson, GetEQUAL member and supporter. “He has chosen to align himself with these groups and has made it clear that he only represents the radically intolerant.”
“Growing up in a loving Christian family, I was always taught that prayer means asking for protection, healing, and love,” said John Dean Domingue, GetEQUAL Texas South Plains Coordinator. “This event supports the use of prayer as a tool for violence — something every human being is morally obligated to refute and reject.”