Here is another email in response to yesterday's post on transgender teenager Blake Brockington, who committed suicide a year after she was named homecoming 'king' at her high school.
Blake's post was a particularly touchy subject for a few readers who have difficulty discerning between freedom of speech and hate speech. Thankfully these few readers don't represent the majority of my blog readership.
Brian B. writes:
Hi Sandra, I am a loyal follower of your website and I know first hand your distaste for the gay community - actually my community. I have never cared until now about the way you present the top news if the day. I dont even know for sure if you actually write these articles or someone else. What I can say is that to know Blake is to know a loving caring human. Lets take gender out, lets just call him a person, a human, a child. Someone who was born and has parents. HE could have been your child, or your family member. Do we all not deserve respect as humans? I was really hurt to see you contstantly refer to him as "SHE", damn cant he get respect even after death? I guess not. But in this century the "freedom of speech" error has turned into hatred and pure ignorance to a persons well being. The black community is so quick to "PUNISH" a person and now boast it on media sites: FB, IG, any site. We have forgot about privacy, and sticking together. Yes some would argue that being trangender is a mental illness.... so being ugly would be a birth defect right, people are born that way too? But truth be told, unless its your life, or someone who you know closely that is trans, you would never know. I can tell you this its a painful life to live for everyone who is involved, and its not something anyone would choose. I hope and pray that one day we can respect each other enough to let a person be whoever they want to be without stoning them to death by shame. Blake was a very nice kid, he gave his life and heart. Much love and respect Brian B.
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