Vote for candidates who support rights for all | Letter to the editor

Posted 10/31/22

Short weeks before the midterms, 32 House Republicans have co-sponsored a federal “Don’t Say Gay” law. 

Introduced by Rep. Mike Johnson of Louisiana, the bill would cut …

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Vote for candidates who support rights for all | Letter to the editor


Short weeks before the midterms, 32 House Republicans have co-sponsored a federal “Don’t Say Gay” law. 

Introduced by Rep. Mike Johnson of Louisiana, the bill would cut federal funding to libraries, school districts, hospitals, government entities, and more for “hosting or promoting any program, event, or literature involving sexually-oriented material.” 

This is another way of saying that if we can’t ban or burn enough books in school libraries — if we can’t pack school boards with “Patriots” and “Christians” who portray all mention of trans people, drag queens, lesbians, gays, and women’s right to control their own bodies as an assault on human decency — we can control knowledge, thought, and freedom by anti-democratic legislation.

Lines have been drawn, and they are not merely rhetorical. With increasing frequency, rhetoric is accompanied by death threats, gun waving, physical assault, and prejudicial action by the courts. You already know what’s happened to Roe vs. Wade.

If you are inclined to vote Republican because you believe that the party of tax breaks for the rich will somehow better your economic situation, please realize that a vote for the Republican Party is a vote against the rights and freedoms of your lesbian, gay, bi, trans, and queer neighbors. It’s an equal assault against the right of women to control their own bodies and destinies. It’s a direct assault on my marriage to my husband.

As you approach your ballot, I ask you to think about the human consequences of your check mark. Please vote for those candidates who take to heart the rights, liberties. and freedoms of all people, including women, LGBTQ+ people, people of color, and those of diverse religious and spiritual beliefs.

To candidates who say, “I support LGBTQ rights but I’m a Republican because I’m a fiscal conservative,” let’s be honest. You’ve allied with the party whose vast majority of candidates for major office falsely claim that the Presidential election was stolen, and who increasingly polarize their followers against LGBTQ people, liberals, and far more. 

There is nothing conservative about allying with a party whose leadership supports delusion and division over facts and reason.

Jason Victor Serinus


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  • CodexSeraphinianus

    I was a left leaning liberal democrat for the first forty years of my life. I am sorry that you feel this way about people. You however included seem to be drawing a line. I am conservative and yet somehow I support all those rights. I have a daughter who is LGBTQ and proud of her.

    This letter sounds like it’s straight off of MSNBC and CNN.

    Here’s a question, what should I tell my friends who happen to be women, LGBTQ, black people, brown people, Christians, Muslims, and shamans? Should I tell them their views of being conservative don’t matter and that it’s wrong because some liberal said so.

    Any lines drawn were only added to with this article. Instead of looking for common ground you only solidified the line. Read your words again. Makes you part of the problem.

    I wonder if saying so will invite people to say they respect my opinion (as your article requests, respect all others) or if they hate and slander will come down. One will show most liberals true colors. Those defining lines only get thicker when you add to the fire as the letter above here does. Just because one groups doesn’t support some aspects of your life does not make you a victim and it does not mean they are coming to get you! I wish you and your husband a long happy life. But you won’t find happiness till you open your heart and stop fearing what you believe hates you. It’s just not so. Blessings.

    Tuesday, November 1, 2022 Report this

  • Justin Hale

    The proposed law is not called the "Don't say gay" law, it's called the "Stop the Sexualization of Children Act of 2022", which would prohibit the use of federal funds “to develop, implement, facilitate, or fund any sexually-oriented program, event, or literature for children under the age of 10, and for other purposes.”

    Really Jason, do you think children under the age of 10 need to be schooled in sexual deviancy? I certainly don't think that my tax dollars should be used for such nonsense.

    This is not about banning or burning books.

    This is not about Roe v.Wade.

    This is not about the 2020 election.

    This is about children under the age of 10 being free from indoctrination into deviant lifestyles.

    Tuesday, November 1, 2022 Report this

  • CodexSeraphinianus

    Exactly. I’m tired of seeing teachers explaining more about their sexual orientation and gender than teaching the kids education.

    Tuesday, November 1, 2022 Report this

  • MargeS

    Sexual Deviancy: definition: any sexual behavior, such as a paraphilia, that is regarded as significantly different from the standards established by a culture or subculture. Deviant forms of sexual behavior may include voyeurism, fetishism, **********, necrophilia, transvestism, sadism, and exhibitionism.

    I don't think that's what they want to teach in schools to anyone.

    Thursday, November 10, 2022 Report this

  • CodexSeraphinianus

    Well that’s because The media you view has yet to show you thru whatever outlets you use. I’d post the links for your viewing pleasure but I’m sure they would offend someone locally. Search on your own and you’ll be shocked.

    Deviant forms of behavior include “trans”. You sure? They have a pretty big community and seem to have a decent size platform not to mention they are part of the LGBTQ community.

    It seems that identity is taking precedence over education for our youth.

    Sunday, November 13, 2022 Report this