Ending Queer suicides
Orthodox rabbis should periodically hold widely publicized lectures for their constituents in which there is only one topic: G^d loves us no matter what.
- G^d loves us exactly as we are.
Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, Transgender and any gender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, A-sexual, Straight, ‘normal,’ ‘Crazy,’ and all shades in-between, and any of our Ages, Bodies, Colors, Feelings, Intelligences, Ideas, or Ideals.
- G^d loves us exactly as we do what we do.
Saintly, Wickedly, Anything in-between, and Confused.
G^d wants us to receive what we need, also if others don’t need that. He did not create sinners, and He did not create lives that can’t be good.
- G^d wants us to respect (and eventually love) every fellow human (including ourselves, and all life, and the planet), no questions asked.
- There is no love of G^d without loving all His children.
- This universal love includes stopping confused people from doing harm.
We all should do better in the (near) future, but sometimes it’s not yet clear what is better, or if we could (Yes We Can). However, we shouldn’t criticize others or ourselves so harshly that it throws up a barrier to doing better.
Then all the elders of the city nearest the victim shall wash their hands by the stream over the heifer whose neck has been broken, and they shall declare, “Our hands did not shed this blood, nor did our eyes see it.”
When someone committed suicide, Heaven forbid, the prominent Rabbis of that community or city should attend the funeral with a heifer whose neck isn’t broken, put their hands on it, and say: “Our hands shed this blood.
We should have been clearer that G^d loves us all.
We should have convinced our community to treat every person as a child of G^d and help each other. Cold-heartedness seldom improves a situation and often says more about the abandoners than about the abandoned.
We should have been clearer to hang in there because It Will Get Better.”
This is not excessive as our Sages teach us that the leaders are held accountable for the mistakes of the people lesser than them.