In response to the letter I submitted recently, a letter was written about the lawsuit against MPS. The reply letter referred to the idea of LGBTQ + as a “lifestyle” and said that a school should not promote lifestyles or religions over others. It was also mentioned that Christian flags were not allowed to be hoisted in school in various settings. I would like to take the time to reply to this letter as I believe it reflects a rather misguided mindset.
First, LGBTQ + is not a lifestyle. It is not a choice that people can simply toggle on and off – so MPS does not promote one “lifestyle” over another. If you are struggling with this concept, here is a really good article from someone who is LGBTQ +: http://indepthnh.org/2017/05/14/its-not-a-lifestyle-so-just- get-over -es /
Second, LGBTQ + is not a religion. Since it is not a religion, the flag present in the school does not violate the validity of other religions – whereas a Christian flag would. It’s similar to comparing apples and oranges, but I know this is something that many may find difficult to understand as identity and religion often meet at a crossroads, even for those who are not LGBTQ + (Als As a Christian, I personally didn’t fully understand this concept myself until high school when I began to strive to broaden and develop my perspectives).
If you still have concerns about how this could affect your religion, many religious organizations have issued letters of acceptance for the LGBTQ + community. Here is a great resource: https://www.hrc.org/resources/faith-positions
As I wrote in my original letter, you don’t have to implement the community in your personal beliefs and you do not have to implement them in your household. However, there must be acceptance in public institutions as this institution is welcome to all.
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