"Love Thy Neighbor" is a phrase that most of us have grown up with as part of our Judeo-Christian heritage. Although few of us here tonight have probably ever been totally consistent in going beyond merely tolerating those we don't like or agree with, the word "neighbor" resonates more deeply than a short-term or casual relationship. Even as metaphor, "neighbor" suggests the kind of long-term proximity requiring a consistent attempt not to offend, a certain form of behavioral restraint with the knowledge that, in most cases, our neighbors are going to be there the next day, no matter what we feel about them. As a next door neighbor, we can build a fence to maintain our own privacy or to protect us from any intrusions from the neighbor's children, the stray dog, the inevitable tire tracks on the backyard lawn after a spring thaw. Having a gay neighbor is not going to change that inevitable American dynamic.
Unitarian-Universalist Church and Holy Trinity Lutheran
The Madeline Davis GLBT Archives of Western New York
BGMC, Buffalo Gay Men's Chorus, Program
Buffalo Gay Men's Chorus, "If Music be the Food of Love Play on!" (2004). Programs. 13.