I just sent this to my email colleagues list. It is not a threat. It is fair warning.
I don’t want to send this message. Like all of us, I have a lot of work to do.
But I just had a shocking thing happen — something I would never have thought possible with my colleagues, who are all extremely decent, humane people. I am hoping I have an incorrect email listed for certain colleagues — it has happened before.
One of you emailed me and used the word “fag” in an angry manner.
Remember my Honorary Gay t-shirt? If it upsets you, and you want off my list, please ask me, and don’t use terms like “fag.” I can no more tolerate such language than I can the n-word. Please do not use homophobic language when writing me (and I apologize profusely to most of you for even having to write this, but I never expected the email I received this morning).
If you are homophobic, you have the right to your opinions and attitudes, but I cannot allow those opinions or attitudes to effect other people, including myself. I will post any such comment on my political blog (www.wolffood.wordpress.com) I WILL out a homophobe. If you want to stay in your closet, please do not reveal it to me. I WILL out you — using your own words — and I will save the email.
Email is not private. In today’s climate, we cannot tolerate homophobia. But I don’t want to do it behind anyone’s back.
The person(s) who emailed me and used the term are being given the chance to explain themselves. I am sincerely hoping it is not who I have listed, and that somehow there has been an address mistake.
I don’t want to post that email. I don’t require an apology to me — I’m not the ultimate target of such abuse. I would only ask that the party(ies) go to www.prismcomics.com and http://www.hrc.org/ and get acquainted with some very nice people. And that they examine the roots of their homophobia and get help if they need it.
This is not the first time I have helped a homophobe overcome his or her disability. It can be done. Homophobes CAN change. There is hope.
If nothing else, Prism is an excellent business connection, especially for comics people.