2008 We Are Not the Enemy
posted by October 23 at 11:19 AMon
A “Savage Love” reader writes…
I’m a California-bred Brooklyn resident aching over my home state’s seeming support of Prop 8. I decided to start a picture blog called “We Are Not The Enemy.” It’ll simply consist of photographs of LGBT couples holding a sign that says “We Are Not The Enemy.” (Similar to sorryeverybody in 2004.) I hope to give people a quick, simple, visual look at the great range of couples affected by harmful legislation and discrimination. So I’m looking for couples (or LGBT pals) who want to participate!
The site only went live a day or two ago so there aren’t tons of photos up yet. And I doubt that WeAreNotTheEnemy will reach its presumed target audience the same way that SorryEverybody.com did. SorryEverybody.com was created for citizens of other countries around the world who couldn’t believe that we had just (re)elected that asshole in 2004—they visited the site to remind themselves that not all Americans were stupid enough to support Bush in 2004. And Americans who voted against Bush visited the site too—I did, and the damn thing had me sobbing my eyes out in a downtown coffee shop—because it made us feel less estranged from our fellow citizens.
But will people who hate and fear gay couples—the people who need to be told that we are not, in fact, the enemy—spend time on this website? Probably not. But it couldn’t hurt and there’s something sweet and moving about the small handful of pictures posted so far.