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AIDS at 30 – Tim Miller on Singer and AIDS Activist Michael Callen →

That’s my cousin on the right, well second cousin. He’s one of my heroes. I think the trans community and gay community are way too divided, but we have so much in common. We all grew up as “different” and got picked on, bullied, taunted, or worse. Trans people also went through the AIDS war. I call it a war because it wasn’t just a disease, it was an attack on a people. Society found something they could use to direct all of their self-loathing based hatred on. But us queers won. It was a war of attrition, and the battlefield was just as full of souls as any of the “real wars” fought in the 20th century. We won because we showed that being queer is ultimately about love. The thing that makes us different is that we love different things. But it’s still love, and love wins.

I don’t know who Michael Callen is or was. I was just introduced to him with this random link on my Facebook page. But here is a soldier. Not some hoo-raw soldier, but a soldier that took up arms against hate. We take up arms against hate by being ourselves and loving the people and things that we want to love. Those are our weapons.

Watch the video on the link. It’s short, and it’s good. There’s one bit from this piece where Michael says when he was growing up in Ohio there were “two men who moved in the neighborhood that seemed ‘different.’” So he wrote the following on little pieces of paper and left them around their house.

“I am different. Are you? Can you help me?”

That is us. That is me. LGBT