I have a secret. It's something you probably didn't know. Maybe you knew, heck, maybe you're one of a silent population out there. But this is an important secret, why? Because this draws attention to a little known fact, that really, we're not as alone as we think we are. Are you ready? Here it goes:
straight coptic people support us
I'm telling you the truth. Straight coptic people SUPPORT us. You might be thinking: "Well of course there are quite a few straight people who attend church every year at Easter, who probably brush their teeth before taking communion, who think Tai-shori is sung during the Feast of the Cross when it's clearly supposed to be Ti-shori. Oh, and also if they had read Bishop Youssef's commentary on the subject they would clearly know how His Grace thinks of this matter, and what is then expected of us. Amateurs!"
Actually, both in my real life, and from emails I've gotten through this blog, there are quite a number of people, much more than I had expected, who are straight, who are coptic, who actually believe and serve in the church faithfully, but who see past the simplistic answers given by the church (lowercase C). They've come to understand that especially regarding this issue, there is a lot more than meets the eye.
Unfortunately many are afraid to get their views out there and a few have told me, they'd rather not speak up about it. Why? Well, it's rather simple. Our culture oppresses. There, I said it. If you think differently, look differently, act differently, if you even eat differently, you will receive the judging eye of your congregation, and to many, that is their life, their family, and their community. And it's understandable, we don't want to be ostracized by our friends, and we don't want to ruin our reputations. We do want to get married after all. But it's not only that. There is a certain respect we have for the teachings of our church, that we love so much. In the past 1500 years, the church has been through so much, that we have developed a sense of pride in what our ancestors went through, in order for us to be who we are today. But in that respect, we tend to have blurred vision, when it comes to what the Church gave us, and what the church demands.
But for you brothers and sisters who have given your love, your hugs, your emails, and unconditional support and understanding, I dedicate this to you. You make this world safer for people like me. You remind me that there is no straight or gay, but only people. And you are Jesus to those who have the privilege to know you. Thank you.