By now you have probably heard about the nationally known hate group “MassResistance”
with ties to anti-LGBTQ, anti-immigrant, and white supremacist
activists and values who are bringing their hateful disregard for
diversity and our community to a Chula Vista Library event designed to
inspire a love of reading for youth. Groups like these echo out long
discredited discriminatory views insisting that our community is
comprised of predators, perverts, and pedophiles.
The anti-LGBTQ fearmongers our community has long battled have
consistently used children as a weapon and wedge against us. The reality
of course is that each of us were once young and attempting to
understand a world designed to diminish our existence. Many of us have
raised, are raising, or hope to someday raise children of our own.
Whether it was the Brigg’s initiative attacking our LGBTQ teachers in
1978, 2008’s Prop 8 message of “protect children and families,” human
rights violations like subjecting children to so-called “conversion
therapy,” or bringing hate to the doorstep of a children’s event at a
library, the historic and repetitious attacks on children from the
anti-LGBTQ establishment is clear and must be confronted at every turn.
With 40% of homeless youth being LGBTQ identified because their own
parents throw them out on the street like garbage as though their mere
existence is a moral failure, we know that it is discrimination which
must be fought, not diversity and inclusion.
Libraries, learning, reading, science, history, and public education are
some of our most powerful tools in the fight for our community’s
health, safety, equity, and youth. I am so proud of our local drag
queens, the Chula Vista Library, and openly gay, former Chula Vista
mayor and current Chula Vista city council member Steve Padilla
for supporting this important work. In following their lead by
supporting these and similar efforts, we can all take part in this
Legacy of Liberation.
Fernando Lopez is the Executive Director of San Diego Pride. Lopez’s years of LGBT advocacy, nonprofit management, public education, diversity consulting, media relations, guest lectures, and organizing have made him a consistent presence ensuring the struggles of the LGBT community are ever visible.