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  •  Where was I? On the corner of Bethel & Lund (9+ / 0-)

    Back at the end of November 2007, WBC came to our small town to protest at a native son's funeral. He'd been killed in Iraq. There were three or four of them on one corner of this busy intersection. There were a LOT more of us on the other three corners. Then a few people went across the street to block their hateful signs from view by holding and waving American flags in front of them.

    I was one of the people out in the cold and the rain that day, with a home-made sign. I don't remember what it said but it was about the opposite of his hateful motto. For me to stand out there for over an hour at that point in my life was difficult - you may not even be able to guess how difficult - but it was, I felt, necessary. I am LGBT and proud of it. And at the time, I was very close to death from kidney disease. I came all too close to that for my partner's comfort in the last few months before starting dialysis and I probably should have started it earlier but did not. One thing that late-stage kidney disease does is to make you tired all the time, so when I stayed so long out there, standing, yelling, and waving my sign, it was literally all I could do other than drive back home carefully and collapse. But I had to do it. It had to be said. Those haters weren't welcome in Port Orchard and we were going to make sure they knew it. There are a lot of diverse viewpoints here, including some who probably quietly agree with Phelps, but hate is not welcome in P.O.

    Living kidney donor needed; type B, O, or incompatible (with paired donation). Drop me a note (see profile).

    by Kitsap River on Tue Mar 30, 2010 at 11:49:08 PM PDT

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