Sunday, July 4, 2010

Once upon a time in America (video Sunday)

There will be no video today. Nothing out there quite captures what it is to be gay in America on the 4th of July.

My friend counterlight put this quote on his blog:
LGBTs are probably the last people who really believe in the United States. They want to join the military, to make families, to join churches, to take part in their communities. They actively seek responsibility contrary to the larger culture and the dominant political ideologies today that are all about evading responsibility.

The sad thing is, of course, we can't.

Gays and lesbians can be fired simply for being gay.

Our relationships and families have no rights and protections federally.

Gays and lesbians are victims of violence.

Gay youth is at heightened risk for suicide.

Gays and lesbians cannot even serve honestly in the military--though they serve bravely in secret.

Let's hope that America will eventually live up to its history and ideals for its gay citizens, as well as everyone else.

Let's hope that liberty and justice for all eventually includes....all.

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