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OutCasting - July 2016 Newsletter
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It's with mixed emotions that we send you our July newsletter.  Our Pride celebrations were, of course, tempered by the horror of the Orlando massacre.

At OutCasting, one of the things we focus on is how atrocities like Orlando affect our youth.  For our July installment of OutCasting OffAir, youth participant Brianna, 16, reacts to the Orlando massacre and reflects on the different realities occupied by straight people and by LGBTQ people.

We at OutCasting join everyone who condemns the Orlando shooting.  We wish we could say that we join the rest of the nation in condemning the massacre, but there are too many people who, because of their own homo-trans-LGBTQ-phobia or because of their opposition to any reasonable gun controls, bear real responsibility for this latest horror.   It was particularly unbelievable to hear a number of religious leaders saying that it was too bad the shooter didn't kill more of us and finish the job.

We send our thanks to the courageous leaders who have rightfully condemned the Orlando
shooting and called for action.  Unfortunately, there are many who oppose LGBTQ equality and reasonable gun regulation, and for the most part, they're offering "thoughts and prayers."  Enough of that.  Offering "thoughts and prayers" while refusing to do the real work necessary to stop these shootings is truly meaningless, so we thank them for nothing.

Elected officials and others who are anti-LGBTQ, anti-LGBTQ religious leaders, the Family
Research Council, the American Family Association, the National Organization for Marriage, and other hate groups own a good-sized piece of this.  Their rhetoric about LGBTQ people being less than fully human and deserving of the equal protection of the laws and equal recognition of our fully human status has contributed heavily to the creation of an environment in which this imbecile with a gun thought it justified to invade a gay club and murder masses of people, or in which those imbeciles in Wyoming considered it acceptable to murder Matthew Shepard, or set fire to the UpStairs bar in New Orleans in 1973, or commit any number of other atrocities against LGBTQ people.  We ask that they carefully consider that fact, do some honest introspection, and let it guide them to a more accepting attitude so we can create a world that lives up to the American ideals of equality and justice.  If they don't, shame on them.   If they're not going to be part of the solution, if they contribute to this environment that enables the more violent among us and makes them feel justified in doing violence against us, their "thoughts and prayers" are meaningless and hypocritical, and they should just keep them to themselves.

As we noted last month, we'll be talking about this in our upcoming programs on the backlash against the LGBTQ community, featuring interviews with Michelangelo Signorile.  We'll send you a separate e-mail when that series is released, probably later this month.

We all hope that aside from sadness and anger over Orlando, you all had a happy Pride.

Marc and the OutCasting team

PS  By the way, Chris Mosier, the transgender athlete who did a four part interview on OutCasting that was released last year, has been getting a lot of attention lately.  Listen to his OutCasting interview here.  Other recent articles about Chris:
OutCasting youth participant Brianna reacts to the Orlando massacre in this month's OutCasting OffAir
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