A lot of LGBT writers, including this one, were understandably annoyed that the Washington Post, Sally Quinn, and Jon Meacham decided to give Tony Perkins space in their “On Faith” column to spread his hateful lies about gay kids, on National Coming Out Day no less.
Maybe this was the plan all along, but they have redeemed themselves somewhat by publishing a piece in the same space from Sirdeaner Walker, whose 11 year-old son, Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover, took his own life after experiencing anti-gay bullying in school. Walker is now on the board of GLSEN, a group at which Tony Perkins aimed a lot of the fire in his disgusting column. Looking at the pieces together, it’s brought into clear focus that when Perkins and his comrades hurl their bigotry at the gay community, they’re specifically aiming at the deceased kids and their families.
It’s a great piece, particularly because Walker addresses Tony Perkins and his column by name:
I came to know about an organization called GLSEN–the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network–about a year and a half ago in the midst of the most difficult time of my life. My 11-year-old son Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover had just taken his life after enduring anti-gay bullying in school. His school had not taken the bullying seriously enough. Eliza Byard, GLSEN’s executive director, offered her support.
I am a single mother and a devout Christian who had never been involved in advocacy work or politics. After my son died, and GLSEN reached out to me, some of my friends and family members expressed concern about the organization’s work to address anti-gay bullying in school. They voiced religious opposition to GLSEN. Thanks to Tony Perkins’ On Faith piece published yesterday, I don’t have to repeat the arguments. Perkins’ lays them all out practically word for word.
And they’re all wrong.
Mr. Perkins’ tactic, and that of others like him, is to use faith and religion to divide us. They seek to thwart efforts to deal with a problem at the heart of this current crisis–anti-gay bullying and harassment.
But Perkins goes further–his “facts” are taken out of context and are, frankly, untrue.
Go, Ms. Walker!
Read the whole thing.