Gay American Heroes

  • metta

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    Nov 15, 2009 4:34 AM GMT


    The Rainbow Memorial is the opportunity to shine a
    light on our Heroes and share their stories with the
    rest of America. The Memorial gives hope to the family
    and friends of those LGBT people who have been
    murdered in hate crimes and shows that a brighter
    future is on the way.

    The goal of the Gay American Heroes Foundation is
    to build a traveling memorial to take to communities
    throughout the USA to honor the lives of LGBT
    people who have been murdered for simply being

    The Rainbow Memorial also will educate the public
    about LGBT hate crimes and inspire compassion and
    acceptance of all people.

    The Gay American Heroes Foundation reaches out to
    communities as soon as possible following a LGBT,
    hate crime murder.

    The foundation, with the support of people like you,
    gives a broader voice to the family and friends of victims
    of LGBT, hate crime murders and strives to work
    constructively with local officials, law enforcement, and
    service organizations to provide counseling, outreach,
    and education.We need your help to build the Rainbow

    Please join us in this historic project. Adopt a hero and
    send us your tax-deductible donation today!


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    Nov 15, 2009 7:32 AM GMT
    I donate to them every year at pride. Great organization.
  • NickoftheNort...

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    Nov 15, 2009 8:12 AM GMT
    Thumbs up on informing about our victimization at the hands of others; thumbs down on calling hate crime victims "heroes."

    Being victimized is a horrible event. How is there anything heroic about it?

    (Yes, I know the US is going through a high level of "hero" fetishism these years, but it is not a tide we should be joining.)
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    Nov 15, 2009 9:28 AM GMT
    They are heroes because despite what the world gave to them, they stayed true to themselves until the day they died. This should serve as inspiration for many of us who fear retaliation and violence for being gay to stand up for who we are no matter what the circumstance. It should serve as inspiration for anyone to be who they are, not just homosexuals. (Disclaimer: after reading the stories of some of these deaths, I do not agree they were all hate crimes.)
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    Nov 15, 2009 2:26 PM GMT
    You always have wonderful things to share and I want to say thanks for this especially. This story has touched me in a very personal way, not only because of the heroes themselves, but because we are each of us heroes and pioneers.
    I don't think about my own childhood very much, but I endured a lot of violence from other school mates while adults looked the other way. I have a permanent injury to my testicles because of it.
    It's ironic I think, that we are often viewed as less than, when in fact we are really remarkable.