La lettera che pubblichiamo è apparsa domenica 30 aprile sul Concord Monitor, un giornale del Vermont, lo stato degli Usa in cui è stata recentemente approvata una legge sulle unioni civili provocando la reazione violenta dei conservatori. Per non perdere
la forza delle parole usate dalla signora Underwood, consigliamo vivamente di leggere la lettera nella versione originale: crediamo sia un lieve sforzo che vale la pena fare. In ogni caso, per chi con l’inglese avesse grossi problemi, forniamo la traduzi
one italiana dei brani più significativi.
Ma prima di passare alla lettera di Mrs Underwood, che vive in un piccolo paese del Vermont, è necessario ricordare che per la festa della mamma la presidente dell’Associazione genitori di Omosessuali Paola
Dall’Orto grazie alla collaborazione dell’Arcigay di Siena ha diffuso una lettera alle mamme, pubblicata integralmente da NOI, nella quale coglieva l’occasione per invitare alla comprensione i genitori che scoprono l’omosessualità del loro figlio e temon
o i pregiudizi sociali.
La lettera che adesso pubblichiamo è molto più cruda: attacca le famiglie dei moralisti e sbugiarda chi difende la famiglia in nome della religione, pone interrogativi importanti e può essere oggetto di discussione perfino
all’interno del movimento gay. Nega infatti che l’orientamento sessuale (etero ed omo) sia una scelta: ma proprio su questo fatto basa l’impossibilità e l’ingiustizia di ogni discriminazione.
By SHARON UNDERWOOD
As the mother of a gay son, I’ve seen firsthand how cruel and misguided people can be.
Many letters have been sent to the Valley News concerning the homosexual menace in Vermont. I am the mother of a ga
y son and I’ve taken enough from you good people. I’m tired of your foolish rhetoric about the “homosexual agenda” and your allegations that accepting homosexuality is the same thing as advocating sex with children. You are cruel and ignorant. You have be
en robbing me of the joys of motherhood ever since my children were tiny.
My firstborn son started suffering at the hands of the moral little thugs from your moral, upright families from the time he was in the first grade. He was physically and ve
rbally abused from first grade straight through high school because he was perceived to be gay.
He never professed to be gay or had any association with anything gay, but he had the misfortune not to walk or have gestures like the other boys. He wa
s called “fag” incessantly, starting when he was 6. In high school, while your children were doing what kids that age should be doing, mine labored over a suicide note, drafting and redrafting it to be sure his family knew how much he loved them. My sobb
ing 17-year-old tore the heart out of me as he choked out that he just couldn’t bear to continue living any longer, that he didn’t want to be gay and that he couldn’t face a life without dignity.
You have the audacity to talk about protecting famil
ies and children from the homosexual menace, while you yourselves tear apart families and drive children to despair. I don’t know why my son is gay, but I do know that God didn’t put him, and millions like him, on this Earth to give you someone to abuse.
God gave you brains so that you could think, and it’s about time you started doing that. At the core of all your misguided beliefs is the belief that this could never happen to you, that there is some kind of subculture out there that people have chosen t
o join. The fact is that if it can happen to my family, it can happen to yours, and you won’t get to choose. Whether it is genetic or whether something occurs during a critical time of fetal development, I don’t know. I can only tell you with an absolute
certainty that it is inborn.
If you want to tout your own morality, you’d best come up with something more substantive than your heterosexuality. You did nothing to earn it; it was given to you. If you disagree, I would be interested in hearing yo
ur story, because my own heterosexuality was a blessing I received with no effort whatsoever on my part. It is so woven into the very soul of me that nothing could ever change it. For those of you who reduce sexual orientation to a simple choice, a charac
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