"As we do this interview, there’s a young gay kid right now seriously contemplating suicide," he says, sitting outside of J.P. Licks in Mission Hill wearing a black "Iraq Veterans Against the War" t-shirt. "The people who claim that homosexuality is an abomination are the same people who perpetuate the atrocities currently happening in the Middle East. Just last week in Afghanistan our bombs burnt the skin off innocent women and children," Key says, with tears welling up as he speaks.
"This whole bizarre concept that they weave together as being the righteous position which includes bombing innocent people and oppressing gay people is something right out 1930s Germany," he emotes. "When will it end?"
"Gay marriage is a great lightning rod because it poses a simple question: Are we Americans like everybody else or are we not? It’s so peculiar that gay men are labeled as weak, that we’re the ’weaker sex.’ When we ban together, there isn’t a stronger group. If all of the alphabet groups, all of the LGBTQs out there in the world, stick together ... there’s no stopping us."
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Playwright Jeff Key , Speaks Up
The Gay Marine, whose solo show is playing in Boston right now, sits down with Bay Windows: