Narrative of an American EXhomosexual
Fifth in a series of articles during EXhomosexual awareness month highlighting the continued challenges faced by EXGLBT Americans.
I was talking to a friend last month and he shared with me why the great African American abolitionist Frederick Douglass (1818-1895) wrote his beautiful, but brutally raw autobiography “Narrative of an American Slave”. Douglass escaped slavery, educated himself and rose to become a prominent and passionate voice for freedom from slavery.
At the height of white slaveowner power in the US, Douglass —a strong Christian— wrote in the book:
“If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. This struggle may be a moral one; or it may be a physical one; or it may be both moral and physical; but it must be a struggle.”
He understood that you can’t liberate people if you are unwilling to confront their captors. Consequently, slave owners despised him. Using wit-challenged rhetoric, they ridiculed him and spread false information about him in an attempt to leverage his impact. They hated that when he talked people listened, especially the slaves who had been told that it was God’s will they stay in bondage. For obvious reasons, liberation messages were very unpopular with the hateful slave owners. But Douglass became masterful at getting the message out.
Reading more about Frederick Douglass and the hate he endured from the slave owners simply because he wanted his brothers and sisters to be free, reminded me of what a gay activist said recently about EXhomosexuals. “Ex-gays are as rare as the Dodo bird.”, quipped homosexual Wayne Besen who spends his waking hours attempting to do what slave owners did to Douglass, Tubman and other abolitionists. Besen uses the same strategy of the slave owners: paint the abolitionists as uneducated, unhinged loons fighting a losing battle. Ridicule became their oft used tool when outright intimidation failed to deter those bearing the message of freedom.
Douglass was well aware that the slave owners constantly portrayed him as such. To this he responded:
“I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence.”
White slave owners begin circulating stories that because Douglass was so articulate and masterful is his presentations, he was never a slave. In their twisted minds, no real slave could ever change. No slave could ever hope to live a life beyond what they were born to be. After all, they believed negroes were inferior beasts by nature and nothing could change that. Not prayer, not education, not freedom. Nothing could change that. They were simply born that way. But since Douglass’ life disproved every single lie they told, they were forced to change tactics to deal with him. The oppressors’ intent was to diminish and marginalize his influence on other slaves who wanted to be free by claiming he was some sort of anomaly. As rare as a dodo bird, perhaps. In doing so, they hoped to hold on to their “right” to keep others in bondage.
Slave owners cited “science and research” as a legitimate reason to deny slaves freedom. They produced numerous self serving “studies” (writtten by proslavery professionals) to prooftext their wicked ideology.
If you’ve noticed, gay activists religiously cite the American Psychological Association’s no change doctrine as irreversable proof that no homosexual can change. If they do, its theorized, such a person will be emotionally damaged even to the point of suicide. Or you will also hear this: “you can change your behavior, but you can’t change your orientation”. These ridiculous assertions have become the basis of passing unjust laws and prohibiting counselors from helping people who want to escape the gay life plantation. So why not just tell blacks gays that change is impossible so they can life a happy life as a slave?
As my friend explained to me, Douglass again proved that it was the slave owners who were fighting a losing battle. Douglass detailed his life as a slave with such finesse, that only a person who was once enslaved on the plantations of racist America could have written it.
Gay activists and white American slave owners are two sides of the same coin, animated by the same spirit. It reminds me of the many times homosexual activists have claimed that I was never gay to begin with. Unable to refute my broad knowledge of the homosexual lifestyle that I lived for 11 years, a Chicago lesbian angrily told me, “You were never a true gay, because true gays cannot change their orientation”. As ludicrous as it sounds, I recognized it as one of those tools they use when they run out of options against EXhomosexuals like myself who are forward and articulate emancipation messengers.
Like Douglass, I detailed my life as an American homosexual in my semiautobiographical book Touching A Dead Man. I didn’t write it so gay activists would believe I’d lived as a homosexual man enslaved to his degrading sexual passions. As long as they are blind to the truth, they will never believe it. I wrote it so that my brothers and sisters would know that there’s no bondage that can hold them when Christ has promised you freedom. That freedom has been secured by his blood that was shed on Calvary and in our eternal Emancipation Proclamation it states “Know the truth and the truth will make you free. He whom the Son sets free is free indeed” (John 8).
Just like the delusional slave owners —depite their lies, imtimidation, violence, ridicule and unjust laws— ultimately lost, homosexual activists will discover one day they too will lose the war. Our Liberator has come and we are free.