Last weekend, while grocery shopping with Carlos, we stood in one aisle discussing what we were going to make for dinner that night. A woman walked by, and it was quite obvious by our conversation–and she was listening–that we were a couple. So she gave us the up-down look, the head shake, and the sneer, and then walked off with her shopping cart…filled with Lean Cuisine.
So, I get it. Some folks don’t like The Gays. And it’s usually due to fear or ignorance, or religious or political indoctrination. And that’s okay by me. You don’t like me for being a flaming queer, keep on moving.
But what’s frightening is that this week, in the Midland School District in Arkansas, school board member Clint McCance took his hatred, his fear, his ignorance, his bigotry, his stupidity, one step further.
Onto Facebook. It seems that Clint McCance took to his Facebook page last week to discuss his disgust for Spirit Day, a day in which a great many people, gay and straight, wore purple in remembrances of those LGBTQ youth who had committed suicide in recent months. Clint McCance says by doing so we were honoring “sin.” And then he went on; from his Facebook page:
“Seriously they want me to wear purple because five queers committed suicide. The only way I’m wearin’ it for them is if they all commit suicide. I can’t believe the people of this world have gotten this stupid. We are honoring the fact that they sinned and killed themselves because of their sin.”
Clint McCance is a school board member. A position of power where he helps set the education policy for students in the district. Is this the kind of man the Midland School District in Arkansas really thinks needs to be involved in education at all? Maybe so, but after his first hateful post, Clint McCance continued:
“Being a fag doesn’t give you the right to ruin the rest of our lives. If you get easily offended by being called a fag then don’t tell anyone you are a fag. Keep that shit to yourself. It pisses me off though that we make a special purple fag day for them. I like that fags cant procreate. I also enjoy the fact that they often give each other aids and die.”
Once more: Clint McCance is a school board member of the Midland School district in Arkansas.
One of Clint McCance’s duties, according to the Midland School District’s mission statement, is “making a difference” in the lives of students. And this is how he does it? So, if you’re as disgusted as I am that Clint McCance is allowed to be involved in the lives and education of children, let him know. It’s one thing to sneer at queers in the soup aisle at Kroger, but it’s quite another to spew the kind of hatred Clint McCance did on Facebook.
Meanwhile, back at Facebook, a page calling for Clint McCance to be fired has attracted some 10,000 members; follow it HERE. And Joe Solomonese, president of the Human Rights Campaign [HRC] has released a powerful statement about the effect rhetoric like Clint McCance’s has on all students, gay and straight:
“Clint McCance has put a face on the hate that devastates our young people. McCance and his hate shouldn’t be allowed near children, let alone managing their education. We call for his immediate resignation from the school board.”
So, add your voice to the list and go HERE to sign a Change.org petition calling for the immediate resignation of Clint McCance. He has no right to be involved in the education of children.