Target: Mr. Timothy Kurek
Goal: To thank straight author for writing a book chronicling his journey of living as a gay man for one year
Prejudice against any group of people for whatever reason is wrong. Mr. Timothy Kurek decided to face his own prejudices against homosexuals, choosing to live as a gay man for one whole year. Applaud Mr. Kurek for his decision to see firsthand what it would be like to be subjected to ridicule, harassment, and fear, all for the sake of becoming a more compassionate and loving person.
Gay teens are four times more likely to attempt suicide than other teens. And among LGBT youth, 30%-40% have attempted to take their own life. The abuse and bullying they usually face at school is painful and excruciating, not to mention the isolation. Many gay teens are ostracized throughout their adolescent years and it carries on into their adult years. It does not help when many of those attacks come from people who say that they represent God, but bring a message of hatred and condemnation instead of love and healing.
Mr. Timothy Kureck grew up believing that homosexuals were the enemy, and unfortunately was taught at an early age that God wanted to send them all to hell. His belief system was based on condemnation and fear, and he only knew how to attack and judge. Along came a lesbian friend whom he had to console; her parents had disowned her after she came out. All he could think about at the time was how to convert her. Afterwards, he started wondering if he was really representing the God of love that he had read about and deep inside believed to be true. So he embarked on a journey of faith and self-discovery, deciding to face his own demons of bigotry and religious condemnation by living life as a gay man for one whole year.
Timothy Kurek “came out” to his family and friends as part of his social experiment, with only his aunt, one close friend and a pretend boyfriend knowing his true identity. He worked at a gay cafe, went to gay clubs and immersed himself in gay culture. He came to accept and genuinely care for those in the LGBT community. Please sign the petition below thanking Mr. Timothy Kurek for going on this amazing journey, and changing his mind and heart in the process.
Dear Mr. Timothy Kurek,
Hatred and prejudice against those in the LGBT community is still alive and well in America. Your decision to live as a gay man for one year in the midst of an intolerant culture was a very brave and difficult thing to do. Thank you for deciding to face your own bigotry, and choosing love over fear and hate.
It is a huge eye-opener anytime one chooses to walk in another person’s shoes. Exposing yourself to ridicule and attacks must not have been easy, but you decided to see what it would be like to live on the receiving end of bigotry, when you had previously been the one giving it out. We applaud you for taking this step towards reconciliation and compassion.
By choosing to take this journey, your ideas and perceptions changed. You no longer saw merely “straight,” “gay,” “transgender,” etc. You saw people–people of value, people to love and people to care for. Thank you for taking the time to go through this experience and for writing a book about it to share with the world.
[Your Name Here]
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