An open letter to the citizens of Alabama

Mark Segal Publisher of the Philadelphia Gay News
Mark Segal Publisher of the Philadelphia Gay News. File photo 2017.

I am an openly gay man, so you might say you hate the sinner part of me but love me as a person. You also might tell me my civil rights are special rights that infringe on your beliefs. But most importantly, you’d say the LGBT community is immoral.

You may see some of these individuals as politically correct, snobbish political professionals forcing their liberal values on you. I can understand those feelings but here’s the point: You lose all the high ground in any of those debates when you elect Roy Moore to the United States Senate.

You could make Alabama the first state in America to elect an accused pedophile. This is no longer about Moore. It is about the values of Alabamans. If Moore is elected, Alabama will become known as the “State of Pedophiles.”

Other child molesters will most likely think Alabama is a safe space for them and they’ll pack to move on down. But more importantly, you’ll never have that high moral ground again. In the debate about sexual morals and child sexual abuse, it was members of the LGBT community who spoke up the loudest.

I have done that for more than 20 years, and most LGBT organizations have also always spoken out against any form of sexual abuse. While we can debate other issues regarding LGBT rights, the point is simple: From the day Moore is elected, Alabama will be known as the state that accepts pedophiles. After all, you’d be the only state in 239 years of American history to send one to the United States Senate.

Congratulations, Alabama. You’re about to be number-one in “pedophilia.” And that just validates everything those Northeast elites ever thought about you. It’s about you, not Moore.

Mark Segal Publisher of PGN

Mark Segal, PGN publisher, is the nation’s most-award-winning commentator in LGBT media. His recently published memoir, And Then I Danced, is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or at your favorite bookseller.