And Justice For All
edited: Tuesday, July 15, 2003
By Anastacia Lee
Posted: Tuesday, July 15, 2003
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Homosexuality and life.
The sexuality of a person changes with each person you are faced with or come in contact with throughout the day. Homosexual people do not wear signs or have tattoos that say, “Hey! I’m gay!” (Well, maybe some might, but most do not.)
With the many goings on in the world, we, as a social community, still manage to find a way to be antisocial toward gays and lesbians. This is not to say that everyone has a problem with those with a different sexual preference, but think about it, gays and lesbians are not wanted in the United States Military, jobs are not given out due to one's sexual preferences and more. This isn’t fair.
What does it matter what anybody else does behind closed doors? It shouldn’t matter at all. Any self-respecting gay person will not hit on or come onto a straight person if they know that they’re not interested in such “activity”. And, even if they did make a mistake and present themselves to someone who is straight, so what? It’s a compliment. It’s just as much a compliment as if a man were to hit on a woman who just wasn’t interested in him. He would normally be thanked for the compliment and they would both be on their way.
We’ve all heard time and time again that all people are created equally. Well, that’s not the case, now is it? If it were the case, gays would have just as many rights as everyone else. What about all the rights and freedom that the black community fought so hard to get? While I’ll freely admit, they still haven't come as far as they should be; they’re still better off from where they started. But homosexuals are constantly beaten and chastised for their bedside manner -- as if it’s the problem of someone who isn’t sharing their bed. What does being gay say about a person that bothers society so much? It only points out whom they chose to sleep with.
If a lesbian woman, whom is highly intelligent and has all the right qualifications, went to apply for a job that an equally qualified straight woman just applied for, who do you think would get the job? Chances are, it’s the straight woman. And for what reason did she get this job other than the fact that she is straight? None.
If you pick up any application in the United States, you will see something to this affect:
“So and so” provides equal opportunity employment without regard to an applicant’s race, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, religion, or marital status.
That’s the biggest crock of shit I've ever heard! How many of us have been turned down from a job for these things? I know I have.
I suppose there’s not too much that can be done about this discrimination, which supposedly doesn’t exist, other than perhaps to rally or form petitions of some sort. But then, the group doing the rallying will just have fingers pointed at them for that, too. People will say that they just want attention or special rights. No, that’s not true . It’s not true at all. They just want the same rights and privileges everyone else has.
We, as a national community and neighbors, need to grow as people and come together. Perhaps if we did, there wouldn’t be so much animosity in the world.
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|Reviewed by Joe Blaine (Reader)
|Pretty good article Anastacia. I absolutely disagree with J Micheal Kearneys' review though. He obviously does not have a knack for research or much sympathy for anyone different than himself. "Most communities do have laws against overt discrimination against gays and lesbians in housing and employment". Yeah a few. Certainly not "most" though. And what does "overt" mean? "You can be discriminated to a certain point but anything more than that, we'll do something about it." LOL "Sexual tension that the addition of women and homosexuals to such groups creates has been shown to undermine that bonding". Yeah I've seen the "tension" it creates. It makes you wanna beat a homosexual to death, strangle them in their sleep, harrass them till they discharge, rape and abuse fellow women soldiers, harrass them etc. Those poor poor straight soldiers, what else can they do? Give me a freakin break. "I can attest to the fact that women are decidedly unwelcome in most firehouses and only the most "straight acting" and closeted homosexual would find such environs less than uncomfortable. " LOL And this is about as much compassion and sympathy your gonna get from Mr Kearney. "I think the law does as good a job of encouraging tolerance as it can." Sweet Jesus... Tell me he just being ironic. It may come to Mr Kearneys' supriseto find out that most harassment, discrimination or just plain "not doing anything about it" come from the police themselves. And if the law says it's ok to be a bigot, what is the law enforcement supposed to do? Think for themselves?? Highly doubtful. He's right about one thing though, we don't have to like each other. But anytime the person or property of another is harmed because we simply, "don't like each other", then the law should step in. Not only is it not stepping in, it gives people reasons not to like each other. -Joe
|Reviewed by J Michael Kearney
|Most communities do have laws against overt discrimination against gays and lesbians in housing and employment Anastacia, but the Constitution also protects the rights of everyone to "freedom of association," the right to associate with whom we please and disassociate from others for any or even no reason at all...it's a basic, inalienable and even a wonderful right when you think consider it.
Gays and lesbians can no more expect that religious people, for instance, accept their "lifestyle" as anything other than "sinful, any more than those same religious people have a right to expect everyone else to accept and proselytize the religious views that religious people find sacred.
Our laws are designed to have disparate people tolerate each other, not like each other.
As far as the Military goes, the strictures against homosexuality are about unit cohesiveness. There is a form of bonding that goes on in activities that combat units, street policing units and firehouses engage in and the sexual tension that the addition of women and homosexuals to such groups creates has been shown to undermine that bonding and that cohesiveness.
There are virtually no women in the U.S. Special Forces (Navy Seals, Green Berets, etc) and precious few in street policing units or firehouses. I can attest to the fact that women are decidedly unwelcome in most firehouses and only the most "straight acting" and closeted homosexual would find such environs less than uncomfortable.
I think the law does as good a job of encouraging tolerance as it can. Surely the goal is NOT to make people like each other, or even to accept that everything others do is "OK," but to tolerate each other...and by and large, we have that today.
|Reviewed by Claywoman
|Great article Stace! I also hate the discrimination that gay's go through, however, change comes slow but there is some change. Look at Nevada now accepting and performing gay marriages. If a state passes a law like that, the rest of the states have to acknowledge its meaning, thus gay marriages are slowly becoming accepted. The solution is through education, and that education has to start early! The problem is those people who are homophobic, their voices are the loudest, and we all know the loudest are the one's heard for a while...|