Staying motivated is often the most difficult thing when it comes to LGBT activism and human rights generally. The odds are against us, yet we cannot lose. Losing is not an option in this battle because every time those that propagate hatred against us are victorious, they gain power. We may loss battles, but we cannot lose the war. Why? Our lives are at stake. This is not an issue of marriage, it is not an issue of Due Process or Seperate But Equal clauses. We have our lives to lose and I believe that my life, and the life of those around me, is worth fighting for.
Chip Saltsman, RNC Chair Candidate, decided it would be a funny Christmas gift to his friends and associates to give them a “comedy” CD by Paul Shanklin which included a song where Paul Shanklin impersonated “Al Sharpton” and mimicked the Peter, Paul and Mary song, “Puff the Magic Dragon” changing the words to “Barack the Magic Negro.” Magic Negro was an intended reference at the benign literary figure generally associated with postmodern folk who takes away white’s guilt. The figure has been embodied by Sidney Poitier, Morgan Freeman and others on the big screen.
In 1989, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services compiled a study indicating that Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered youth are 2 to 3 times more likely to commit suicide than their heterosexual peers and such suicides likely compromised up to 30% of the overall youth suicide rate. The study was quickly sealed by the administration of George H. W. Bush.
The Arizona Bar Association proposed changing thelawyers creed [pledge] to include sexual orientation and to read, “I will not permit considerations of gender, race, religion, age, nationality, sexual orientation, disability, or social standing to influence my duty of care.”
Another [potential] oversight of lawmakers and the Bush administration occurred December 26th when Bush signed the Right of Conscience Bill into law. The Bill, aimed at allowing doctors to refuse abortions due to moral issues, will also allow doctors to refuse to treat gay patients should they morally object on moral grounds.
Another Merry Christmas to the LGBT community on Christmas Eve when Leeneshia Edwards of Memphis, TN was shot in the face, back and side. It appears from the wounds that Leeneshia was shot at close rang while getting out of a car. Police have not been able to interview the victim as she remains in critical condition.
Felix Pearson, age 19, Kenneth Monroe, age 27, and Darriel Wilson, age 20 were murdered in their residence in New Orleans on December 18, 2008. The initial reports indicate that the three men were gay and one possibly a transgendered person. Although the reason for the murder is currently unknown, the investigation has not ruled out a hate crime.
I find it remarkable that people actually exist who make comments such as this:
“The movement to normalize shitfuck unions is predominantly a white phenomenon — therefore with the inevitable loss of white power in America, assbugger/bulldyke “marriage” will become more absurd.” — awamoriwhiskey
Unfriendly, anti-gay, heterosexuals have attacked the marriage issue and the LGBT community has stood its ground, highlighting historical evidence, state law, U.S. law and regulations. The community has even had to defend itself against the Bible, just like many other minorities over the years including African Americans and Jewish people. But what is this talk of civil marriage equality really about? Surprisingly, it’s not about marriage at all, it’s about freeing a people from the fetters of bigots, extremists and homophobic people in society. It’s about no longer being afraid and about being allowed to live and pursue the American dreams of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.