Monday, October 11, 2010

National Coming Out For Equality Day

Did you know?

You can still be fired from your job in most states, simply for being LGBT, and have no legal recourse — because currently, no federal non-discrimination law protects LGBT Americans.

This is unacceptable to me.

More than 86 percent of LGBT students report being verbally harassed — name-calling, threats, etc. — at school.

This is unacceptable to me.

Most people do not realize that the "Defense of Marriage Act" actually denies LGBT Americans more than 1,100 benefits and protections. That includes their entire household. Children.

This is unacceptable to me.

Many, many people do not take the time to know or truly understand what it is like to be LGBT in in this country, and to work and raise a family. Regardless of their religious beliefs, they are uninformed on the details and implications ... the horrific lack of service and compassion and love.

This is unacceptable to me.

For more information, go to the Human Rights Campaign web site, or find your favorite gay, lesbian, transgender or bisexual friend ... and just ask them.

Then listen.


Heather of the EO said...

Thank you, lady. I love you more and more all the time. Because I love the way you love.


Rachel said...

I totally agree.

Jenn said...

AMEN. Preach on, sister. I hate that loving couples who have been together for decades are denied rights Britney Spears was entitled to when she did her publicity stunt wedding in Vegas. I hate that there are kids in foster care, and parents who want them, and that connection can't be made because the parents are LGBT. I hate that so many young people grow up depressed, ashamed, and excluded because of who they are. I hate that so many Christians feel like it's okay to exclude, demean, or mistreat a group of people, because of how they love - seems very un-Christ-like to me (and I'm not a church girl). I hate that good soldiers, willing to die for this nation, are FIRED because of their identity, and this nation does not stand up and say, "Hey wait a minute!"

It is unacceptable to me, too. And it my house, the buck stops here.

Kate said...

Just wanted to say I shared this on Facebook, linked/credited you. Thank you for helping me say what it is important to me to say.

Mama Drama Times Two said...

I am so appreciative you have taken the time to share your view on something most folks don't even need to think about.
With love and gratitude,
Your Favorite Lesbitarians

Sunday Kofffon Taylor said...

I agree, I enjoy your post the more I read them, thanks.

Steph, G's Mom said...

You might also like:

this is our UU church's theme this year. You'd be a great UU Christine!

Even here in liberal-ville, there is intolerance. No place is safe! At least not at this time in history.

Jenn said...

I linked you on Facebook, too!

Gracefire said...

Just to let you know, there is a growing movement within the LGBT community (myself included) that do NOT support the Human Rights Campaign. They have an abysmal track record when it comes to supporting the rights of transgender people (link) and, in fact, may not even have any trans people on their board of directors (the one trangendered woman that was on the board resigned in 2007 and I am unsure if there are currently any members that identify as trans). Many times, HRC only seems to advocate for the rights of white, upper-middle class queer people. (For a perfect example, Google HRC and ENDA.)

HRC also is sponsored by Nike, which has one of the worst track records when it comes to using sweatshop labor to produce their products. Sorta puts a damper on the whole "human rights" part of their name...

Anyway, being a queer person, I thank you for being an ally. :)

Michelle, Dave & Babes said...

I think you're my new hero.

Kim said...

(Sigh of relief)

...I'm a Christian, and I am SO TIRED of the hateful rhetoric going around about gay marriage and rights and etc.

Thanks for speaking up. It's good to see that there are other believers who want people to be treated decently (without strings tied to whether they conform to certain standards of behavior).