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Anonymous asked: Specifically I'm talking about Romney supporters yelling at David Axelrod at a press conference so loud that he couldn't really be heard with a mic and then in response to it Romney said that they did good by doing that.

Well…I think it’s pretty ignorant for anyone to behave that way, whether they’re in support of Romney or Obama.  When people threw glitter at Santorum, I rolled my eyes because it was completely defeating the purpose.  You’re not going to change someone’s mind by attacking them and it makes you look like a bully. 

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Anonymous asked: this isn't really about amendment one or the issues of gay rights, but what do you think about the lack of respect that is being shown in this years presidential race, especially lately?

Hmm…to me it seems pretty typical of any presidential election (sadly).  What specifically are you talking about?

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Anonymous asked: What about us in the middle of Eastern NC? Not South. Not North.. just kinda in the middle...

I’m not sure what the question is.  It’d be easier to answer your questions if you came off anonymous and I could respond privately.

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Anonymous asked: hey do you know anything about a protest/rally at the capitol on June 23rd? I was at the protest in Newton and there was guy there talking about it and I haven't been able to find anything else out about it.

I heard about an Occupy protest in Raleigh around that time but that’s all the information I have on it. 

If anyone has any information on an upcoming protest/rally, please share it.  Thanks!

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Anonymous asked: Have you heard about the rally at the capotiol tomorrow? It starts at 2 and I'm not entirely sure when it'll end but get the word out please! I didn't see a lot of people planning to attend

No, I haven’t heard about it.  I would need more information about it to post it.  However, I have heard about the Catawba County one and I think most people are going to that one.  People are carpooling and busing to that protest.

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Anonymous asked: How do you deal with homophobic people so well? I tend to freak out and tell them that they're ignorant bigots. It's not really that I MEAN to be rude, it just infuriates me that some people can be so closed minded and refuse to think for themselves.

I worked as a counselor for at risk youth.  During my time as a counselor, I learned a lot about myself and a lot about people.  People can change and people only know what they’ve been taught.  Every youth that we had, had their own skills that they needed to work on and goals that they needed to meet. It was up to me (and the people I worked with) to give them all of the knowledge and tools necessary for them to meet their goals.

This is all any person needs.  So that’s how I deal with people who don’t believe in equality for all humans.  I remember that somewhere along the way, someone taught them these beliefs.  They learned the wrong way.  If I just start yelling at them and calling them names, I’ve accomplished nothing but make myself feel a little better and theyve learned absolutely nothing.  If you educate them and explain human rights in the most basic way then they have been given the knowledge and the tools necessary for them to be a compassionate person that supports human rights.

I don’t argue with people but I will provide them with the facts.  If someone starts yelling at me, I smile, say “thank you for your time” and end the conversation. 

I just think that all people deserve a chance to learn.  I feel sorry for the children in the congregation at that church where the pastor had the sermon about caging homosexuals.  They are learning hate and that’s wrong. 

We just all have to remember that sometimes when we run into people who are against equality, that we might be the only people from the lgbt or pro equality community that these people have met.  We are essentially respresentatives for an entire community.  Do we want them to walk away learning nothing and thinking that all pro marriage equality people are “hateful?” No.  So we must conduct ourselves accordingly and show respect to people who might not respect us. 

I know it’s hard but it actually works better than name calling.  Everyone should give it a try.

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