A Note on Politics from a Non-Political Person

I’m not a very political person, but I do have opinions on certain things. I don’t normally post my opinions on Facebook or Twitter. I understand why others do, but I personally don’t like it because it can be so divisive. The country seems to be divided pretty much 50/50 between Democrats and Republicans, so whatever you might post on social media is probably going to piss off half your followers.

Someone on Twitter recently posted her support for Prop 8 (the anti-gay marriage initiative). Like many of the people I network with on
Twitter, I do not know this woman personally. Well, I saw that and tried to unfollow her as quickly as possible! I couldn’t figure out how to do it through my Android phone, so I had to wait until later to drop her from my list.

I’m glad that happened, because I needed that little cooling off period.  I later realized how stupid I was being. What, I’m going to cut everyone out of my life who disagrees with me? Several times I have been friended by acquaintances on Facebook, only to read their profile to find out that their political opinions are the polar opposite of mine. At first, I’m usually shocked. I had no idea he was like that? How did I not know that?

Because he’s not evil, that’s why. This is the same person that I’ve joked around with and enjoyed being with.  Why in the world should I
try to eliminate anyone who disagrees with me? Now who’s being divisive?

The point of this article is that I am not political and I usually steer clear of political discussions on Facebook and Twitter. BUT. I am
currently writing a gay-themed novel because I am very passionate about equal rights for gays. To me, it’s really not a political issue. It’s a human rights issue. By the same token, those who do not support gay rights often do so because of religious reasons and because they believe being gay is wrong. I do not support that, but I do respect it. Both sides are doing what they feel is right.

So, in the next few weeks, from time to time, I will be mentioning gay rights, etc. in the context of the novel I’m writing. Last night, I visited a gay bar for research for the novel I’m working on, so the next article I post will be about that experience. I confess I was a little wary of posting where I was going on Facebook. I’m not ashamed of going to a gay bar in the least. I’ve already been to a drag show and a Pride Parade in
years past and loved it. I just knew posting about it was likely to annoy half the people on my friend list. But I wasn’t being political. I was just posting what I was doing and what I’m working on. As a proud Wannabe writer, I’m not going to edit that, despite my aversion to politics.

So, if you don’t like the gay stuff, skip it! We can agree to disagree and learn to respect one another, despite our differences.

I’m trying my best to stop contributing to the noise of politics these days. I’m trying to be true to what I believe, without trying to change other people’s minds. I wish we could all try to respect each other, despite major differences.  I think we can do it, one person at a time. Today, right now, civility is going to start with me.