Should MAPs defend LGBTQ people?

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Writer/Activist

syndicated from A MAP In Love

This journal entry is the opinion of the author, and not an official position of MEDAL.

This piece was originally written on May 3, 2021.

Should we defend LGBTQ people’s status in society if they condemn us?

While being a MAP doesn’t make one LGBTQ, there are a lot of people who are LQBTQ who are also MAPs. I for one am a lesbian along with being a MAP. And I know several trans and queer MAPs as well. So yes, we should defend LGBTQ people.

I think this poem applies in our society today:

First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a socialist.

Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

Go ahead and add LGBTQ, people of color, and MAPs to that.

While they may not reciprocate the defense for us, and many of us may not have a vested interest in defending them, as humans we should all be looking after each other. Because some day love will win, and we’ll all live in harmony. Oh and, “love is love” can apply to MAPs and children as well.

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