As Pride celebrations continue throughout most of the country and many parts of the world ( San Francisco’s Pride weekend is coming up), I am cognizant that with the long strides that have been made in civil rights for the LGBT community we are still very much a minority faced with legislated bigotry and second class citizenry.
With issues in our country like DADT, Marriage, Health Care, Immigration , Adoption and other critical policies and constitutional questions being decided that is affecting the LGBT community, I hope we all take time during these celebrations to be resolved to continue the fight for equality.
We cannot be apathetic or complacent. Our very place in society and our futures are being decided and we must hold our ground to make sure that the most critical civil rights movement of our times is successful.
The debates will continue to be heated and we will need to be stronger. We know that most of what is being used to kill our rights is originated in hate and ignorance. We are being stereotyped by a slew of salacious propaganda to make us less than who we are to justify their actions against us.
We will win this fight, if we remain focus and united. When that day comes, we can finally unfurl the rainbow flag of diversity on that mountaintop with PRIDE!
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The March For Equality at our Nation’s Capital today for LGBT rights and equality overall recognizes the historic steps that have taken place and also the major hurdles that need to be overcome towards full legitimacy in our society. President Obama this weekend has far reaching statements about ending the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy in the military and also about recognizing the rights of gays to be married. Progress – Yes. Reality – Not Yet.
This is the big civil rights movement of our time. With the economic recession and health care burden bearing down on all of us, we have this fight for human dignity and recognition marching on in vigorous force. It is a grassroots movement of gays and straights, all Americans who realize that a democratic society who segregates and discriminates against the few, is not living up to its grand ideal.
The issues surrounding LGBT rights have been deeply mired in the interference of the right wing religious political agenda. Conservative theocratic forces have been the driving opposition which has been actually the tradition in most anti civil rights movements in this country. It has been more about change in power structures than theocracy that has been the underlying motivation. More hate rhetoric has been spewed in the name of Jesus woven into fear propaganda campaigns appealing to the the lowest level of media lynching of the gay community.
The collateral damage over the years has been hate crimes against LGBT individuals, high LGBT youth suicides, discrimination on all levels, and even murder. Yet upon the shoulders of the martyrs and those who have fought diligently, we have been able to see things change. Our voices have gotten louder and we our courage has gone up a notch or two.
For those of us who are unable to march with our brothers and sisters in Washington D.C. today, we want you to know that march with you in spirit and in pride. We support this great cause for the rights of all LGBT people. It is more than a fight for our civil rights, it truly is for Equality for all. March on, March on, March on.
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This past Thursday, a measure that was included in a defense budget bill that included protections against hate crimes for persons regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity passed the House of Representatives. It is also slated to pass the Senate. The White House is committed to sign on it.
It is about time.
It has taken this long and under a one party majority to make it happen. This speaks volumes to the state of bigotry that has existed in this country against the LGBT community. It also celebrates the victory and rewards the sacrifices ( literally the martyrs) of the many who were all part of the united fight, straight and gay, to finally make a law like this happen on the federal level.
This demonstrates the power of the grassroots movement for civil rights and equality for LGBT citizens. This is one step forward of other major steps that still need to be taken.
Addressing Hate is a big step.
Advocate Story on Congress Passing Hate Crimes Legislation
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Recent legislative events have shown gay marriage support rise across the country as more and more people recognize the civil rights of the LGBT community.
When Prop 8 was being considered for passage by the voters in Calif. this past election an organization of Mormons from the site: http://gaysandthegospel.org released this video targeted to the members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and other Christians who truly want to follow the teachings and example of Jesus Christ regarding the rights, marriages and families of LGBT people.
I think amidst the growing anti -gay marriage efforts again by the Mormons and Christian fundamentalists, it is appropriate that this video is released again. It speaks to their language and reasoning.
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On June 28, 1969 a series of demonstrations took place at the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village in New York City that was cited as the first time gays and lesbian fought back against government sponsored discrimination.
With Gay Pride celebrations reaching its pinnacle in June, a new video has been released commemorating that event and the legacy of activism and history of the gay rights movement for 40 years by the LGBT community.
There has been a lot of progess but we still are in the midst of the biggest civil rights movement of our day. Let us remember those brave souls of Stonewall and carry on the fight for equality!
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UK Guardian produced a series of videos on the aftermath of Prop 8 on its victims. Leona and Grace Sonia describe the magic of their wedding day and how their love is no different from the average couple
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The UK Guardian Produced a series of videos showing the aftermath of Prop 8 on its victims. Raymond and Byran want Americans to be educated about what gay people’s lives are like
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A Video from the UK Guardian is one of a series which shows the aftermath on the victims of Prop 8
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