This blog is part of our "In Our Corner" series, where members of the Gay Voices family share their stories of love and support in the face of hard times. This particular submission is a bit different because it's written by a straight member of our family, who is nominating her gay best friend.
"This is a bit of a departure from my normal writing. As a self-proclaimed 'sex, dating and sports' blogger..." writes Stefanie Williams, "I rarely tackle legitimate issues that can't be summed up in two witty lines of bitchy non-chalantness."
"when I hear the Stacey Pritchards and Peter LaBarbaras of the world paint with a broad brush an entire community that someone so special to me belongs to as nothing more than perverts who deserve to be "penned up" and left for dead, there are no words to describe the anger I feel. It bothers me to no end that people who have never had the immense privilege of having Karl in their lives, put him in a category that demeans him and his capability to love, feel, want, hope, work for and live a valuable and valued life. The ignorance is unfathomable and perhaps that's why I argue the way I do in favor of equality..."
"There is so much more to this community, and the tragedy is the anti-equality proponents are too deep in their own prejudices to ever realize that the fear mongering they employ to falsely make Karl (and all gays in general) seem like a sex-crazed, mentally-ill psychopath, isn't flying anymore. Karl and his normal life are the true reality of the LGBT community."
Stefanie Williams is a freelance writer and runs the blog Chasing the Jersey.