Today, I had the chance to catch up on some news items that I’ve been lacking. I read about police brutality against gay men in Philadelphia, Kameron Jacobsen committing suicide after being taunted and bullied for his perceived orientation, dads being denied their names on their son’s birth certificate, and a police officer in San Antonio getting only 1 year for in jail after he raped a transgender woman WHILE on duty.
All the while, I’m reminded by conservative media that there is this secret gay agenda. The LGBT community has long since pushed this terminology aside or made light of it with signs and bumper stickers. We treat the terminology “gay agenda” as if that’s a bad thing. I hope I’m not the first to say it but, if so, I don’t mind at all. There is a gay agenda and if you thought it was a secret, I’m letting it out of the bag right here and now.
You’ve heard the chants and seen the signs and bumper stickers that say “gay agenda, 1.) equality 2.) see item 1.” but what is the LGBT agenda really?
Our agenda is the American agenda, that each and every American be treated by our civil system as full and equal humans regardless of what label the majority has given us.
We should be protected by our police and by our government not attacked by them. When we suffer at the hands of someone who’s only motive for their violence toward us is that we happen to have been born LGBT, our police force should respond quickly to get that criminal off the streets rather than tell us there is no hope or do a half ass job of investigating. Our lawmakers should not be debating whether or not we have the right to the same and equal protections under the law as the rest of society while we have men and women dying on the streets because our lawmakers refuse to give us the protection promised us by our Constitution. Our children should never be harassed and assaulted by other kids, aided and abetted by the silence of school administrators, to the point where they feel that the only choice they have is to take their own life. LGBT Americans should not be denied housing or fear loosing our jobs simply for what we happen to be. Every last American lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, woman, man, black, white, yellow or brown should have the same and equal rights because of who we are, not denied them for what we are.
Our agenda is, simply put, to help America realize her dream of being a nation of full and equal humans.
We have in America an unspoken disclaimer on our founding documents which reads “offer available to white heterosexual Christian men only”.
America likes to call herself “the land of the free”. She looks back on her history with pride for the strides toward equality that she has made for women and for black Americans. But what does she have to be proud of? She should be proud if her people were able to learn from her history but it seems to me that we have opted to continue repeating it.
For as many strides that the Civil Rights movement has brought toward equality for women and for black Americans, they are not yet equal. They are still treated as less than human and as second class citizens. So too are LGBT Americans and we will not back down until the American dream is fully realized! We have a lot of work to do. We have the Defense of Marriage Act to repeal and an Employer Non-Discrimination Act to enact along with many other new pieces of legislature that is coming through as we speak.
It is our duty and obligation to see to it that America finally becomes the land of the free.