LGBTQ Directory Weekly Digest
Inside the dispute of religion and healthcare
by Steven Ginsberg on August 2
While we still fight to contain COVID-19, one grocery store enrages many of its customers with blatant lies and a lashing out at the LGBTQ community. Before we get into the “items” on this list, it is important to note that these are ideas and concepts that people actually believe to be true.
As a writer, I like to refrain from inputting my political beliefs so I will just mention some of the points this store owner in Mifflinburg, Pennsylvania displayed for customers. The first point that you will see says to respect people who do not wear masks. I won’t comment on this since every logical person realizes that wearing a mask protects you from contracting this deadly disease. The store owner follows this point by asking people to respect people who do want to wear masks. The store owner then cites the case count in his county and asks, “IS THIS REALLY AN EPIDEMIC???? OR IS IT A POLITICAL ISSUE???? WHAT HAPPENED TO COMMON-SENSE????” The store owner then proceeds to tell us that the flu was just as bad as this pandemic. While you can zoom in on these items in the picture to see the absurd things this store owner continues to place for the public to read outside his store, there is one thing that is not a picture that I really want to talk about.
While I cannot confirm this because I did not see it in the picture, there is a statement according to lgbtqnation.com toward the bottom of this sign that states the owners said, “This proves that covid19 IS NOT AS CONTAGIOUS AS THE NEWS MEDIA AND MANY OTHERS HAVE BLOWN IT UP TO BE. A lot of these same people support LGBTQ. This lifestyle is sin in God’s eyes and spreads deadly diseases and sicknesses.” Eventually, the sign was taken down after outrage erupted and in addition to this, it is important to note that the employees of the store started to wear masks. Not only is this disgusting, but it also proves the war we must continue to fight for as it pertains to equality for all. For me, this all comes back to our lack of education in society.
Later that weekend, people came together to protest, but cars flying Confederate flags circled their rally to drown them out. The activists wore matching shirts forming a rainbow pride flag. A gay man who grew up in central Pennsylvania told FOX 56, “It’s hard. Some little gay kid growing up here in central Pennsylvania is going to see this and see all the support and hopefully, it helps.”
This is why I am always advocating for more education. Education is a medium by which any age group can learn and understand the world they live in better. Inspire Recovery, an LGBTQIA+ drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility, offers countless educational opportunities. In addition to this, they are leaders and activists for the LGBTQ community. It is important to bring injustices to light and erupt in outrage when people act in the ways that this store owner in Pennsylvania acted. If we shine a light on all of the discrimination and inequality, there will be nowhere left for the haters to hide.