Let me start off by saying I didn’t think Caitlyn Jenner should have won the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at ESPN’s annual awards ceremony, the ESPY’s. Personally I feel it should have gone to 19-year-old Lauren Hill, the freshman basketball player at Mount St. Joseph University who died this past April from pediatric brain cancer. If you don’t know her story, you can check it out here.
That being said, Jenner’s acceptance speech last night was phenomenal.
For around 10 minutes, Jenner stood in front of the world and spoke about the struggles transgender people deal with every day of their lives. It’s unconscionable for me to watch that speech and imagine anyone but the most petty, hateful and vile bigots having anything but positive things to say about it.
My favorite part came toward the end of the speech when she spoke about courage:
I owe a lot to sports. It’s showed me the world. It’s given me an identity. If someone wanted to bully me, well you know what, I was the MVP of the football team that just wasn’t going to be a problem. If you want to call me names, make jokes, or doubt my intentions, go ahead. Because the reality is, I can take it. But for the thousands of kids out there, coming to terms to being true to who they are – they shouldn’t have to take it.
This world is difficult enough without those among us who feel the need to bring down (or even try to break down) others seemingly for their own enjoyment or to mask their own insecurities.
I’ve detested bullies for my entire life. Bullies are the people who prey on those who they feel stronger than. They go after what they see as weakness because they’re just too damn cowardly to take on someone who they feel can fight back. They’re bottom-feeders who get some sort of sick enjoyment out of making others miserable.
Naturally, there were plenty of “bullies” (especially online) out in force doing exactly what Jenner said they would do… calling her names, making jokes and doubting her intentions. Because that’s the thing about willful ignorance – it’s predictable.
But what I don’t understand, and what never makes sense to me no matter how much I contemplate it, is why do people oppose equal rights for the LGBT community? Don’t these people have enough going on in their own lives to where they don’t need to spend time purposefully making strangers’ lives more difficult? If not, they really need to find some damn hobbies.
So, some claim it’s against their religion. To those people I simply ask – who cares? How does someone else being gay, marrying someone of the same-sex or even having a sex change have any impact on your religious beliefs or soul’s eternal resting place?
It’s astonishing to me how some feel the need to judge, belittle, mock and hate people whom they’ve never met.
Let me tell all of these bigots and hateful pricks something: I’m a Christian, so I know a little about the faith. And if there’s one thing I know about Jesus Christ and the values for which he lived and died, it’s this: True Christianity frowns upon assholes.
Just because many of you might feel being gay or transgender is a sin doesn’t mean God’s smiling down on you all as “good Christians.” There are many ways to “sin” in the Bible and being a group of unrelenting, hateful, spiteful bastards is among them.
Remember, as a woman was set to be stoned for committing the sin of adultery, Jesus said:
Let anyone among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone.
It’s a phrase that speaks for itself: Don’t judge anyone unless you, yourself, cannot be judged.
Life is too short and too precious to waste worrying about what others are doing – so why do these anti-gay bigots spend so much of their time obsessed about the personal lives of millions of people they’ll never meet? It absolutely baffles me.
It sickens me to think about the children out there now who are going to die, either through murder or suicide, just because of the ridicule and hate cast upon them by those who just can’t mind their own damn business.
So, to these prejudiced, judgmental bottom-feeders I say this: Bring your spiteful, petty hate to me. I’m easy to find. Here’s my Twitter and my Facebook. You want to mock someone, try to mock me and the millions of others like me who fight for the rights of those who aren’t always able to fight for themselves. Millions of straight Christians like myself choose to defend the rights of those within the LGBT community, while you cowardly waste time trying to suffocate their Constitutional rights with your cherry-picked Bibles and misinterpreted scripture. Enough is enough.
LGBT people didn’t choose to be who they are, they were born that way. Many of their lives are made far more difficult not because of who they are, but because of who you are – sad, pathetic individuals who try to fill the emptiness inside of themselves by making other people feel just as miserable as they do.
Watch Caitlyn Jenner’s speech below via ESPN:
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