Springfield – How to Get By When Your Community Betrays You

Written by scott on April 10th, 2015

Chance HeltonOn Tuesday, Springfield, Mo., had a very important vote. Sadly, the residents of Missouri’s third-largest city decided that GLBTQ people no longer deserved the right to be protected by antidiscrimination laws.

I, however, had no idea that the vote was going to turn out that way. I was in shock; the news hit me like a brick right between the eyes. How was it possible for so many people to be so filled with hate and fear that they thought such a step backward would ever be a good thing?

Lots of information floating around made me angry, from blatant lies about restroom safety to local churches pressing their members to vote to rescind the recently enacted ordinance that protected LGBT people in matters of housing, employment, and public accomodations. There is a desolate feeling in my heart when my community turns its back on me, leaving me stranded and worried for my safety and livelihood, and it’s unbearable.

Authored By Chance Helton – See the Full Story at The Advocate

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5 Comments so far ↓

  1. Michael says:

    The “we’re being persecuted” crowd is always the first to persecute others.

  2. Mr Eric G. Osterberg says:

    When people have not been educated about LGBTs they react to the old time teachings, and are afraid of us. This is why uneducated people can not make an intelligent decision and should not vote on these issues.

  3. Stephano says:

    My advice is to leave…pack up and flee

  4. Adrian says:

    As much as I want to agree, I find it hard to align myself with this article. It’s whiny. Understandably so, but still whiny.
    Realistically, this is temporary and will come to change soon. Missouri isn’t the highest on the list of accepting environments, but if we stop throwing hate back and start shedding light on the truths of this issue, people will stop being so near-sighted about these issues and come around.
    Everyone is open to change. Some people are just harder to convince. But once it’s been shown that this change isn’t just desired by some, but needed (and deserved) by all, this will just be a fun story to tell our kids.

  5. GS Foley says:

    Dear Chance, I am appalled by the hateful decision that was made to allow discrimination against GLBTQ people. They are ignorant, backward, and selfish. I am so sorry you and the GLBTQ community has been targeted by hateful non-humans. MO has made bad decisions in the past regarding laws, and the way they ignore, abuse, and alienate people who have the right to be treated equally. They don’t abide by the theory of “LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL.” You might be safer and happier if you moved to a state that values all people. I wish all the best for you and your friends. Gerry Foley

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