We know a movie is just a movie, but EVERYBODY SAYS GOODBYE—The Story of a Father and Son is not just a fascinating thriller. It’s not just a poignant story about the difficulties in lots of relationships between sons and fathers. It is also a story about a critical wave of sentiment that is building in America and worldwide: people are becoming aware of the damage that hatred and prejudice about gays is causing to fellow human beings.
Today, we are learning new tawdry details about the exploitation of young people from the same era as EVERYBODY SAYS GOODBYE, the late 1990s. Boys, some tossed to the streets, some confused, some awkwardly driven by dreams, all exploited by men for their own sexual purposes.
In 2010, there were almost a dozen suicides attributed to gay-bashing, abuse, and bullying. (see this article)
A SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER: “I would disown my kids if they were gay.”
People are shocked to learn about hatred such as this diatribe from an Arkansas public school. These are the words of Arkansas District School Board member Clint McCance. He posted this publicly on his Facebook page.
“Seriously they want me to wear purple because five queers killed themselves. The only way im wearin it for them is if they all commit suicide. I cant believe the people of this world have gotten this stupid. We are honoring the fact that they sinned and killed thereselves because of their sin. REALLY PEOPLE.”
“…because being a fag doesn’t give you the right to ruin the rest of our lives. If you get easily offended by being called a fag then dont tell anyone you are a fag. Keep that shit to yourself. I dont care how people decide to live their lives. They dont bother me if they keep it to thereselves. It pisses me off though that we make a special purple fag day for them. I like that fags cant procreate. I also enjoy the fact that they often give each other aids and die. If you arent against it, you might as well be for it.”
“I would disown my kids they were gay. They will not be welcome at my home or in my vicinity. I will absolutely run them off. Of course my kids will know better.” (see this article)
A FATHER: “Goodbye”
Recently, this horrible letter surfaced about a son, “James,” who had come out to his father:
Our society has always had a mechanism: when bad judgment and hatred become visible to all, others can strive to correct it. It’s like flipping on a light and all the cockroaches scurry away. The public awareness can cause correction.