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http://journalstar.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/police-have-no-suspects-in-reported-hate-crime/article_7f7885ce-ceb6-5ced-93bc-24c101aab53b.html

This is why I am such a strong advocate of LGBT Equality. I know for a fact that if the woman had been a straight, Christian woman, people would be up in arms about this. Or if she was a straight, black woman. But since she's a lesbian, there are people trying to sweep this under the rug. They want to minimize this since she's not straight.

What this post is partially about is to get the word out about this. I've already posted a bunch on Facebook, to the various equality groups I'm a member of, but I figure this is also an outlet that needs to be reached. Part of this is going to get very ranty very shortly, because this kind of crap shouldn't still be happening in 2012.

On that second note... NOBODY, and I mean NOBODY, should ever have to feel afraid in their own home, walking out on the streets, on the road, or anywhere. Nobody should have to fear that the next turn might bring them face to face with a person or persons who want to do them harm because of who they are. It doesn't matter if you're gay, straight, bisexual, pansexual, lesbian, transgender, Muslim, Christian, Buddhist, Taoist, Agnostic, Atheistic, Catholic, Pagan, male, female, white, a person of color, or anything else that's protected under the laws of this land. That we're still having hate crimes committed, in 2012, is just sad.

It breaks my heart to know that there is a woman who is afraid to return to her home, in a community where she's been a pillar of support, because three assholes decided they were going to try and kill her because of who she is. It breaks my heart to know that if she had been a straight woman, people would be screaming for justice and possibly even revenge, but since she's a lesbian, they're trying to minimize this and trying to make it go away. It shouldn't have happened, and it's upsetting that it did. It would upset me even if she were a straight woman, because NOBODY deserves what happened to her. It would upset me even if she had different religious beliefs than I do.

I'm not a bigot. I'm not a heathen, and I'm sure as hell not an extremist in any sense of the word. I'm just someone who thinks that equal rights should include EVERYONE. Not just those who fit the mold. I know this makes me a bit unpopular, but until there is equality for everyone, I will continue to rant, rave, get mad, and spread the word.
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Alright, since I apparently can't speak my mind over on Facebook without getting reminded that I am living with my parents rent-free... And because I at least feel like I can speak my mind here without fear of retribution... And I'm not going to put this under a cut.

To some of the people on my FB Friends list:

I'm getting fucking sick and tired of being treated like I'm being a fucking spoiled brat when I try and get my feelings about things off of my chest. I FUCKING KNOW how lucky I am. QUIT FUCKING REMINDING ME. Yeah, I might have more luxuries than y'all did when you were my age, but y'all don't have nearly the amount of stupid problems I have. Y'all don't have a stupid fear of speaking your minds at the perceived risk of losing dear friends for doing so. Y'all don't make one another feel stupid for things that get written.

Most of the time, you don't do that to me. But there are times that it happens, whether you mean it to or not. That shit hurts. I have to deal with it at home, because my parents seem convinced that I'm not even worth the effort of being courteous towards. And forget praising me. The last time I heard praise for doing something worthwhile, it was while I was working at West. Back in 2009. Yeah, I get thanked for making cookies when the mood strikes me to do so, and I get the occasional thanks for other things, but outright praise? Nope.

What sucks is that I don't even feel like I can say any of this on Facebook, because I know I'll just get told to "Suck it up." Well, guess what? There's only so fucking many times that I can "suck it up". I don't need someone older and tougher than me telling me that. I need someone to fucking LISTEN to what I'm not saying. I need someone to tell me that things will be okay, and that if I need a hug, they'll be there, even if it's just in spirit. I need someone who understands just why I am upset at being talked down to on a fucking daily basis.

Yes, I am a needy bitch. But really, the fact that I need to be treated like I matter to someone, somewhere.... It seems like such a small fucking price for all the times I've been more than willing to lend a shoulder to cry on, or a sympathetic ear, or even someone to rant at. If my needing true friends, and being allowed to rant and rave till I get my upset feelings out and dealt with in a constructive and healthy way makes me a fucking horrible person, so fucking be it.

If you don't want to be a part of the ride, then push the fucking unsubscribe button and be free. I won't be too upset. Yeah, it'll suck that we're not talking, but really, if you can't even see past the ranting and raving to the friend I can be, then I don't want anything to do with you either.

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