I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. – Martin Luther King Jr.
Admittedly it’s a little early, but this is my favorite story of the year so far:
A gay man visited to a popular late night pizza truck in Columbus, Ohio. While waiting in chilly outdoor line, he dared to hold hands with his—friend? boyfriend? he doesn’t say—say companion. And this attracted the attention of an offended straight person, who told him to “cut [the] gay shit out.”
And for a long time, these sorts of confrontations often end with the gay person visiting an emergency room. But not so this time… In the poster’s own words, via Facebook:
Something incredible happened last night. After a fun night out Ethan and I were in line at the Mikey’s Late Night Slice Truck (surprise!) in the Short North. It was really cold so we were holding hands and standing close together laughing and joking about all the fun we’d had. The guy in front of us turns around and tells us to cut our gay shit out. I didn’t expect what happened next but almost every single person in that line made it known to him it was not ok for him to speak to us like that. Granted he was caught between two homos so John Warner and I let him know this was our city too and let him have it but the straight people who spoke up were so awesome. The best part though was as he grew more irate and vocal the guys who work the truck told him they would not serve him because he was spewing hate and that he should get out of line. As I walked away with my pizza all I could think about was THAT’S IT! Every person who spoke up to defend us including the pizza guys representing their business was doing their part to make hate a thing of the past. We must never forget to speak up and make our voices heard no matter where we find ourselves. No slut sauce for you mr. homophobe.
So wonderful. Instead of an LGBT person (or minority, or woman) being shunned for who they are, a bigoted asshole is shunned for who they choose to be. Bravo, Mikey’s and Mikey’s patrons.