Response to Phishin and Others

stars and nothing's picture

"Unjust laws exist: shall we be content to obey them, or shall we endeavor to amend them, and obey them until we have succeeded, or shall we transgress them at once?"- Henry David Thoreau, Civil Disobedience

I think it's great that so many of you want to work for change, and I really do think we can change the unjust laws with which we are faced. I also think it's a great idea to write to our representation in Congress.

But don't forget--we are representing the youth of the gay community.

If you're writing to your state representatives, or anyone else, to speak out for gay rights, please please PLEASE try to give them a good impression by showing them that we can be just as respectable and articulate as straight youth. That means not using any profanity (duh) or controversial/politically incorrect terms. Also, just because you're writing an email, that doesn't mean you can abandon all syntax and standard protocol of written English. No intentional misspellings, slang, abbrevations like "u r" or cute little smileys. Professionalism is key in a political setting. You have to speak their language.

State your position clearly, and use respectful, formal language. If possible, get an English teacher or other educated adult to review/proofread your letter.
If you don't have any adults that you're out to, or don't feel comfortable doing that, you could probably post a draft of your letter on Oasis and get feedback from people here.


Think of how powerful it would be if every repreentative in Congress- Senate and House- received letters from gay youth, expressing our side of the story. Wouldn't that be amazing? Let's show the adults that we care about our rights and fill the Capitol with our voices.


justsomegirl's picture

speaking of which

I've been doing political activism for quite some time now, and think you gave a lot of good pointers. I think there are enough of us here that are fairly educated if anyone really needed help with wording and the like, seems we have enough college students, and even a few college graduates who post here.

Anyway, speaking of getting our voices out there, the Human Rights Campaign is trying to get 50,000 calls to the White House in support of marriage rights for all within the next 48 hours. They are also urging people to contact their representatives in Congress.
Seems that since Bush is under fire for things like Iraq, he is planning on stronger endorsements of the marriage amendment.
**I'm willing to find out what impossible means**

phishin's picture

Thanks. I should have made th

Thanks. I should have made that point about politeness and how we should write.
This campaign can get big, people. We can change the world, no matter how small we seem. Let's get together and do this!

"If we all practice an eye for an eye, we will all go blind"- Gandhi