The LGBT Community is Not Required to Earn Their Humanity
I have spoken before about Equality and Justice being things that are owed - not things that are given. When straightness concedes our humanity and our deserving of equality and safety that is not a gift or grant - it refraining from maintaining a wrong. You don't thank someone when they stop hurting you.
So, I say again, if you fight for GBLT rights or even make pretty speeches for GBLT rights - you are not giving us gifts and presents. No, really.
This means I do not owe you anything.
Not just "gratitude."
It means I do not have to praise you, exult you, genuflect to you or thank you. My humanity is a given. Accepting me should be normal not noteworthy
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Since: Jul 09
#1 Mar 29, 2011
So well said!
“Proud to be an American”
Since: Oct 09
#2 Mar 29, 2011
Absolutely!!! I would shudder if I had to thank my husband to treat me as an equal instead of "just a woman" which is the same scenario.
Since: Jan 09
#3 Mar 29, 2011
Isn't this what Leonard Pitts was saying, albeit in another way, in his article a few days ago?
Since: Feb 08
#4 Mar 29, 2011
Eloquent and persuasive as always, Sparky.
And I share your indignation. I don't make allowances for people who excuse their homophobia through religion.
But I always remind people that freedom and equality, while they seem natural to us, were never really established in the world as guiding principles before America came along. Even in the democracy of Ancient Rome, people were freely bought and sold. Romans citizens (men) were equal; pretty much everyone else was considered a barbarian.
These unalienable rights we accept as natural truth were said by Thomas Jefferson to be held as "self evident." But he had to declare that for the very reason that in the overwhelming majority of the world, such truths were not held to be self-evident.
Even today --and yes, even in America-- governments deprive citizens of these rights for their own reasons, most times with no legitimate justification.
Sociologists will tell you that societies are held together by the common vision of their people, and by the respect and manners with which they deal with one another.
So while I agree that my humanity and my acknowledgement and respect is not a gift from anyone, but a fact of my own dignity as a human being... I must also observe that I alone cannot defend my rights against oppression of tyrrany, but can only do so by supporting, and with the support, of those who share my vision of equality.
I do not burn bridges unnecessarily, and I look both ways before crossing the street, mindful that the oncoming truck might not hold my life in as high esteem as do I.
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