Broward-based author/activist Deon Davis, whose teenage son Rashad came out publicly in 2009, shares with us an open letter she wrote after OneMillionMoms.com demanded that jcpenney fire new spokeswoman Ellen DeGeneres. (jcpenney declined to fire DeGeneres.)
Here's Davis' letter:
The role of a mother consists of compassion, understanding, unconditional love, and also teaching our children the rights and wrongs, and to transfer love not hate into this world. As an Activist, Author and Ambassador of Equality for the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community and also the mother of a proud gay young man. I am appalled to see your protest of hate, for One Million Moms Organization to take a stand against a human being that is an abiding citizen, a leader in her community, a role model, a philanthropist and at best a married woman is a form of hatred and discrimination. I can assure you that out of one million moms that’s a part of your organization a pretty good percentage of their children are probably suffering from the lack of comfort, understanding and trust to come out as an openly gay person, this situation causes depression, low self esteem, and even suicide. God is love and a human being should not be at risk of employment or any other benefits for loving another human being regardless of their sex.
One Million Mom’s there are much more sufficient problems to address than focusing on Ellen Degeneres, and the only rejection is because she loves and married the same sex, and for the record Ellen and her family is exactly the perfect example of what shops at JC Penny’s.
We have a huge generation of our children destroyed, hurting, bullied, tormented and committed suicide because of non-accepting organizations such as yours; your group message portrays non-acceptance and hate. Being a mother myself my maternal instinct inside me would never risk the welfare of our children by the non-acceptance and public outcry for the termination of a gay person, what type of message are you sending? A message of HATE!
In parting I wish you peace, understanding and acceptance of what love truly is.
AT MOST HATE IS NOT A FAMILY VALUE.