Troy Resident Produces Video Aimed at Troy Mayor Janice Daniels

Kristina House created the video in response to Daniels' Facebook status update, which contained a gay slur.

Kristina House was at work when she said she first heard about Troy Mayor Janice Daniels' , which slammed gay marriage and contained the word "queer."

"My friend called me," said House, 24, who graduated from in 2005. "He lives in California, and he said, ‘I just saw this on the news in California.’”

House said her immediate reaction to Daniels' post was to get angry.

"It struck true, and it struck hard," House said. "I have family members who are gay and friends who are gay."

Then, last Tuesday – a day after hearing about Daniels' anti-gay Facebook post – she decided to do something.

House said she had just seen the emotional video posted by Jonah Mowry, a bullied gay teen, which had gone viral the same day as the mayor's controversy. She decided to emulate the video in an attempt to reach out to Daniels.

The next day, she posted her new video – What I Wish For You: A Plea to Mayor Janice Daniels – on YouTube.

"I think what they’re forgetting to say is everyone has the right to free speech, but we don’t have the right to abuse it," House said. "She can say whatever she wants, but she holds public office."

Throughout her black-and-white video, which had been viewed more than 400 times by Sunday night, House chooses not to speak and instead holds up cards to convey her thoughts. She said she stayed silent in solidarity of the LGBT community, which she said "is often silenced."

"Let me start by saying that I am a resident of Troy, Michigan," reads one of the first cards.

House goes on to say in the video, one card at a time, that the young people of Troy "now have the possibility to choose to use the word queer because the mayor said it."

"You took an oath to better your community," reads one of the last cards. "Not just the straight community of Troy."

House said she does not want to put down the mayor, but instead hopes to draw Daniels' attention to Troy's diversity and the importance of being tolerant.

"I don’t want her to see it as an attack, which so many people have done," she said. "There’s nothing she can take back now, but she can make a difference and not ignore the fact that bullying is a problem, especially in a district like Troy, where we’re such a diverse melting pot."

House added, "This is a problem here as it is everywhere, and she can’t ignore it.”

Daniels, who has given very few interviews since the post went viral on Dec. 2, last Monday, saying: "While I do believe that marriage should be between one man and one woman, it was inappropriate to use that language describing a group of people."

Susan Himrod December 12, 2011 at 02:50 PM
Nice job, Kristina. Well done.
jazzy December 12, 2011 at 03:57 PM
Homosexuals call themselves queer all the time. There's even a class for "queers" at U of M, plus Queer eye for the straight guy, queer nation, and a queer power union logo and many more. Most of the country does not believe in gay marriage. It does not make us hateful. God calls homosexuality a sin. Over half the people in the US call themselves Christians. As Christians, we believe the Word of God. God loves all sinners. But we believe - as God says - that sin should not be honored with marriage. To say we believe that marriage is between a man and a woman is not hate speech. It is not bad influence. It is the truth. She has apologized profusely for the language. She has asked for forgiveness, but don't expect her or more than half of this country to accept gay marriage. It is not right - it is wrong. God says so. Take it up with Him.
Alan Stamm December 12, 2011 at 04:15 PM
I respect your beliefs, 'Jazzy,' and respond solely to correct one factual misstatement: Fifty-three percent of Americans believe same-sex marriage should be legal and have the same rights as traditional marriages, a Gallup Poll of 1,018 adults showed in May 2011. "These results are based on Gallup's Values and Beliefs poll, which has tracked attitudes toward legalizing same-sex marriage each year since 2004, adding to Gallup's initial polling on the topic in 1996 and 1999. This year's nine-percentage-point increase in support for same-sex marriage is the largest year-to-year shift yet measured over this time period." -- Gallup, Inc. [http://bit.ly/iUBHBf]
danny December 12, 2011 at 04:23 PM
When she stated the desire to throw away a shopping bag promoting NYC because Queers can now get married there, she was not only protesting marriage equality, she was also making a defamatory statement about gay people. She has every right to do that all she wants, but she shouldn't be shocked and play the cowardly victim when people respond. This is where you have it all wrong, jazzy. The majority of people in this country, Christians included, would NEVER disparage a group of people that way. Only someone who is ignorant, uninformed and limited in life experience behaves that way. We all make mistakes based on these short comings. But people with courage absorb these lessons, own them and become more whole-hearted as a result. She simple won't or isn't capable. Janice Daniels, and yourself frankly, are in a minority when it comes to views on gays... so don't act all surprised when your called out.
John Deuel December 12, 2011 at 05:44 PM
Nice work, Kristina!
canseeallsides December 12, 2011 at 11:06 PM
It's more than her, shine the light toward the other city servants and you will see they are mostly bullies too and worse! Not all of them but no question, there is a systemic, institutional problem that is taught, maintained and covered from the top down. Go to every council meeting and tell them how you feel, it will be more effective than saying it on here! Call them, write them, email them, post on every blog. Shine the light in these dark spirits before it is too late! Good luck Troy, you need it! BOYCOTT NESTLE http://boycotttroy.com
Calan December 12, 2011 at 11:48 PM
Jazzy, First and foremost, as a Christian, I can tell you that your views do not necessarily represent my own. So here are a few facts to think about--The various translations of the bible do not always see eye to eye. Even Mass was changed recently to reflect a new interpretation. Each denomination has a different take on interpreting the bible as it applies to their followers, for instance: Some believe you should keep kosher laws, some feel that consuming any kind of alcohol is a sin while others feel consuming alcohol is ok-even within church facilities, some believe that using any form of birth-control for birth-control is a sin, some feel that a blood transfusion will send you to hell, some ban any drug or stimulant that could alter your perception-including caffein, some feel that dancing is a sin, some feel a woman cutting their hair is a sin, some feel that clergy should be celibate, some only allow men to lead worship, while other feel both genders can lead worship equally, some feel that anyone can take communion in their church while others do not, some churches feel that as long as you are good on your tithing you are good with god, some believe in pre-destination-some do not, some feel that using modern technology such as electricity and the internal combustion engine are sinnful... and you know what, not every church/religion/minister/priest/pastor thinks that marriage is only between a man and a woman.
Jane December 13, 2011 at 12:06 AM
Excellent video, Kristina! I love the way you silently got your point across. It was powerful and yet positive. You make your elementary teachers proud!
Calan December 13, 2011 at 12:08 AM
So, jazzy, unless you keep kosher, have no electricty, ride a horse to work while skipping the coffee I think you should worry a bit less about the absolutes of the bible and think more about this: The totality of what the mayor said-word choice, tone and context-is more then just a statement on her beliefs on gay marriage. Telling me to sit in the back of the bus would be different then telling Rosa Parks to get to the back. So your god may not approve of gay mariage, my god does, you may call yourself a christian, as do I call myself a christian, but don't think for one moment that that your interpretation is the be all end all. The separation of church and state was amended to our constitution because no single religion or interpretation covered everyone, to follow only the teachings of one denomination such as Quakers, Catholics, Puritans, Mormons, Anglicans, etc., in our laws would ultimately discriminate against other denominations. No other issue has illustrated that so clearly as Gay marriage. BTW, are you talking secular or civil marriage, 'cause you know there is a difference, right? So as to the LBGT community using the word queer, Bill Cosby often remarks that the Black community should not use derogatory names to refer to each other, and he has a point, but it is also empowerment. LBGTs are not any different, many think they can empower the words of hate, go figure, I really don't think Mayor Daniels was trying to empower the word. Just saying.
Calan December 13, 2011 at 12:10 AM
Kristina, thanks for standing up for your family and friends, I know they appreciate you more then words can every say.
Calan December 13, 2011 at 12:14 AM
melissa willman December 13, 2011 at 04:32 AM
Kristina, I know for you to put time and effort into this meant a lot to you. You truely do understand and get it. It's not about what is right or wrong about what the LGBT community is doing, it is about what she said, the position she is in, and how it affects everyone, everywhere. People may forgive, some may forget, but the LGBT community will not forget, because somewhere, someone heard her words, felt the hate, and it was personal. Thank you for supporting those, who as you know are most often silenced.


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