The granddaughter of one of the most homophobic anti-LGBTQ activists the world has ever known is unsure if she should invite her grandmother to her wedding in which she will marry another woman.
“I think I probably will eventually just call her and ask if she even wants an invitation because I genuinely do not know how she would respond,” Sarah Green said on the July 8 episode of Slate’s “One Year” podcast about her grandmother, Anita Bryant, who is famous for campaigning against the gay community on her opinions that they’re child molesters and “human garbage.”
“Homosexuals cannot reproduce, so they must recruit,” Bryant famously argued during her 1970s “Save Our Children” campaign against a local Florida ordinance banning sexual orientation-based discrimination. “What these people really want, hidden behind obscure legal phrases, is the legal right to propose to our children that theirs is an acceptable alternate way of life.”
Bryant was joined by fellow conservative Christian activist pastor Jerry Falwell Sr. in her crusade against the ordinance. Bryant focused on gay teachers, saying that gay people are child molesters who go into teaching to hurt kids.
Green said that her grandmother refused to even believe that she’s gay after she came out on her 21st birthday.
Instead of acknowledging the statement, the now 81-year-old former Miss Oklahoma instead sang Green “Happy Birthday” and informed her that, one day, a husband would come along.
“All at once, her eyes widened, her smile opened, and out came the oddest sound: ‘Oh.’ Instead of taking Sarah as she is, my mom has chosen to pray that Sarah will eventually conform to my mom’s idea of what God wants Sarah to be,” Bryant’s son, Robert Green, said of his mother’s reaction.
“I just snapped,” Green told “One Year” of her response. “[I] was like, ‘I hope that he doesn’t come along because I’m gay, and I don’t want a man to come along.’ ”
Bryant responded by informing Green that homosexuality is not real.
“It’s very hard to argue with someone who thinks that an integral part of your identity is just an evil delusion,” said Green. “She wants a relationship with a person who doesn’t exist because I’m not the person she wants me to be.”
Green says she mostly takes pity on Bryant’s extreme anti-LGBT views.
“I just kind of feel bad for her. And I think as much as she hopes that I will figure things out and come back to God, I kind of hope that she’ll figure things out,” Green said.