While there may be much debate around the circumstances involved in the murder of Trayvon Martin, one thing is now for certain: Racism is still alive and well in the United States.
The Texas State Democratic Party bowed to fear this past week when the Executive Committee met to vote on proposed primary ballot referendum. In a move that silenced one of the most staunch populaces aligned with the Democratic Party, the LGBTQ community, Texas Democrats voted 33-22 to exclude a marriage equality referendum on the 2012 Democratic Primary ballot.
I’ve been reading through a Homophobia and Religion Forum on thinkatheist.com, and felt the need to jot out my thoughts least I forget them – perhaps I’ll need this reference point in the future, although I hope I won’t.
I’m gay, an atheist, and the grandson of a Church of God minister who, in the 40’s/50’s, preached that black people didn’t have souls. It was the Curse of Ham – they weren’t human, were sexually provocative, degraded the good christian society, etc. etc. I remember hearing all of this as a child and thankfully, never bought into it. It made no sense to me. I also remember talk of the “juke joints” and the sexually provocative nature of those establishments, which later came to represent (at least to those that wished to degrade a segment of the population for their own egotistical purposes) the entire community.
Are you straight? Do you have straight friends and family? Send ’em to me, the straight girl blogging on a gay man’s website. I want to have a little chat with straight people. I’m here to recruit you. I’m here to turn you blue.
Over Independence Day, jaysays had a poll. What could help move gay rights forward? Was it scientific? No. Did we get thousands of responses? No. Still, one of the top thoughts was enlisting more straight allies. What could we do? We came up with blue.
I believe there are a lot of straight people out there who support rights for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered people.
Ask just about anyone on the street if they support civil rights and they will likely say yes, but ask specific questions and you’ll hear a wide variety of responses.
Rev. Eric P. Lee, the President of the Los Angeles chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Council (“SCLC”) has come under fire by members of the purported civil rights organization. The scrutiny isn’t because Rev. Lee is against civil equality, but instead, because he supports civil equality.
The SCLC was formed in the late 50’s in response to the Montgomery Bus Boycott. The group, popularized by Martin Luther King, Jr., has been a leadership organization for civil rights for decades. Unfortunately, not all members agree that civil equality applies to all people.
On this Independence Day, it may surprise you to learn that our founding fathers were not unified in their opinions, which ranged from, should we even secede from Britain to how would religion and slavery be incorporated into this new country. There were many compromises in order to reach a signed Declaration of Independence.
Since the passage of Proposition 8 in California and the release of the movie Milk, LGBT activists have realized that silence and politeness will not advance their rights.
So many conflicting stories are floating around about what happened at the Rainbow Lounge. A lot of attention has been placed on the injury to Chad Gibson. Some say that it constitutes police brutality. While it very well does, police had gone too far well before Chad was injured.
Josh Taylor and his friend Dylan had been at the bar that evening for about an hour. Josh was on his third drink when the raid began. Officers entered the VIP lounge and arrested Dylan first.
The FBI’s Uniform Crime Report, Hate Crimes Statistics for 2007 is likely the most reliable report available to answer the question “Who is Hurt by a ‘Hate Crime?’ Regrettably, the FBI data even admits that:
–During 2007, 13,241 law enforcement agencies participated in the UCR Program’s hate crime data collection. Agencies provided 1 to 12 months of data about bias motivated crime, and of those agencies, 2,025 (15.3 percent) reported 7,624 incidents.
–The remaining 84.7 percent of the participating agencies reported that no hate crimes occurred in their jurisdictions.
This week has resulted in my being startled by very vocal, racist remarks. On Monday, a very dear friend of mine was the victim of such vocal racism. While riding in an elevator with an older woman and a young girl, my friend was called a “gook.” This term was not used in anger against my friend, but was sharp and jarring none-the-less. The older lady in the elevator turned to the young girl and matter of factly stated (while pointing at my friend), “That is a gook.” Out of shock, my friend did not respond. She told me it was the first time in her life she can recall someone using that term in her presence to reference her directly.