not all like thatPosted: September 9, 2013
Dan Savage is well-known for his outspoken views on sex and sexuality, and for his unwavering defense of the gay community. I know he has been criticized for insensitivity to the “T” (that is, transgender) component of the LGBTQ community, but I believe that he has acknowledged that and is trying to be more considerate in his public comments. Of course his legacy is the It Gets Better project, which has spawned thousands of videos intended to reassure gay teens that they are loved and supported and that they can get beyond the harassment and bullying that they have experienced.
Dan has long been anti-religion. He grew up Catholic, but as a gay adult male he traded that in for atheism (or perhaps agnosticism, but really atheism, I think). He has railed, and rightly so, against the likes of Pat Robertson and Michele Bachmann and their condemnations of homosexuality.
But something amazing has happened. In the midst of all of his rants, loving, caring Christians who support equality for all gay and transgendered, told Dan, “We’re not all like that.” And you know what? He listened! Not only did he listen, but he took action. He set up another project in parallel with It Gets Better. It is the NALT (Not All Like That) Christians project. It’s a place where Christians can upload videos in which they express their love and support for LGBTQ individuals.
I first learned about this from The Rev. Susan Russell of All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Pasadena. She describes the project in her blog, and shares the video she made for it. I commented on the post, and wrote how impressed I was that Savage listened and acted. Susan replied:
It’s a HUGE switch-around for Savage … he had to do more “evolving” on faith voices than Obama did on LGBT equality. So I totally want to give credit where credit is due … and he’s getting a ton of blowback from uber-atheists and religion-phobes
So thank you, Dan Savage for both listening and acting. And to my readers, if you have a minute, please take a look at Susan’s clear and direct video.