by Dan Savage
on Fri, Oct 1, 2010 at 3:10 PM
A reader asks...
What can straight people who are heartbroken by what has happened to Tyler Clementi and Billy Lucas do to make sure kids like them survive adolescence? Do you have any ideas? I'm 33 years old, married but no kids yet to send into the schools to evangelize their friends with messages of love and acceptance. There are a lot of people like me out there who want to help, if we can figure out how.
Well first, and most importantly, you can do what this reader has done:
That was really quite sweet and made my eyes water. I work on tug boats. There is quite a bit of unchallenged race/gay hating, but I have challenged it vociferously for years. I can tell you that after many long conversations over the galley table that some of that hate has subsided. There is something to be said for the moral arc of the universe being long but tending towards justice.