The results of such rejection can be deadly. Groundbreaking research by the Family Acceptance Project has found that acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youths by parents and caregivers can be lifesaving. Conversely, according to FAP, LGBT youths who are rejected by their families have a dramatically increased risk of depression, substance abuse and suicide.
Further, chilling cases like those of Robert Champion and Brandon White have shown us how black LGBT youths can be brutalized when black identity is so narrowly understood. Increased physical, mental and psychological damage to black youths and the weakening of black families is not an accidental byproduct of NOM’s strategy. It is the inevitable result.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that NOM’s tactics exhibit an utter disdain for the values of equality, respect, safety and dignity for all families; indeed, it is an organization dedicated precisely to the opposition of those values. But the disclosure of these documents is a chilling reminder that organizations dedicated to oppressing one marginalized community do not have a conscience about oppressing others.
NOM is committed to the idea that only some families and communities are worthy of equality. Its mission is not only to destroy same-sex relationships and families; NOM is perfectly content to destroy black communities in the process — or, rather, to create an atmosphere that encourages us to destroy ourselves.
Maya Rupert is the policy director for the National Center for Lesbian Rights. Follow her on Twitter.