Daily archives for December 10th, 2011

Gay Rights From An OC Male Perspective

By Frances Lee, The Smart Show staff writer

As I was munching on my bagel and schmeer yesterday morning, I stopped to read a sign that was outside the local coffee spot.

It read “If you don’t like gay marriage, blame the straight people. They’re the ones that keep having gay babies.”

I smiled and sipped my coffee when a tall, dark (and handsome) young man approached me and I geared myself for the cheesy pickup line I was going to endure myself from laughing at. I secretly keep mental notes of all the ones I hear as I will one day blog about them.

But this one really caught me off guard. He says “That’s fucking stupid, being gay is a choice. I can’t believe people actually believe in that, right?” Followed by an exceedingly obnoxious laugh.

I nearly choked on my everything-bagel when I heard that. First of all, how dare this guy hit on me with such a bold and biased statement and secondly, how was I supposed to react to that? My first reaction was to stuff his face with my bagel and shower him in my coffee but I realized it would be such a waste of food. And I realized that this could be a great potential interview.

“Really? How so?” I ask with a charming smile.

And I discover where his beliefs root from which is an incredibly Catholic and overly masculine upbringing. He puffed up his chest and introduced himself to me as Joseph, a local contracter that was born and raised in the sunny hills of Yorba Linda. This notorious WASP town known for its manicured neighborhoods and accredited school districts, bred a generation of overly ignorant and overly confident group of men.

“Being gay is a choice,” he re-stated. “Nobody is BORN gay, they CHOOSE to be gay because they are…well….GAY.”

And he continued to explain his insightful thoughts to me.

“When I walk through the mall and see gay guys working at the MAC counters or serving me hotdogs at Hot Dog on A Stick, I have to keep myself from barfing and kicking his ass. I mean, what dudes find it okay to wear makeup and prance around this town making a mockery of themselves? Its a (expletive)-ing disgrace. I ought to smash this sign and throw it in the dump.”

At this point I’m keeping myself from ripping him a new one but instead I innocently ask,

“Well, what about all the famous men in history that write about gay rights? Or the new discovery of the gay gene? Its real, you know. There is scientific evidence to prove it. Do you think it’s all a sham?”

And he replies with a scoff. “That’s all BS. Whoever made that up is stupid and should be burned at the stake. I believe in lesbians but only hot ones.”

So there it is folks. Being gay is a choice and homosexuals are scum of the Earth. Well, that is what Joseph from Yorba Linda said as he was trying to be smooth with me.

I sigh, walk away and sit in my car for a little while. I wonder to myself if this is what all guys in this town believe in or if there are any decent men in this world that are open to new ideas and thoughts. I spent that entire day thinking about what Joseph told me and wonder if he was really being serious with me.

Later that day he sent me a friend request on Facebook. I guess my name is not that common in this area. I didn’t add him, but I did notice how many mutual friends we have in common. I plan on asking those people and keep notes on their answers. Until then, I’ll proudly wear my MAC makeup and enjoy my greasy hot-dog from Hot Dog on a Stick.

 

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BREAKING: Anti-LGBT Amendment Stripped from Defense Bill

Russell Amendment removed from NDAA after lawmakers received more than 342,000 petition signatures from AMPA and other national organizations

WASHINGTON — Today, the American Military Partner Association (AMPA), the nation’s largest organization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) military families, praised reports that an amendment was removed from the annual defense bill that could have funded anti-LGBT discrimination.

“Taxpayer-funded discrimination against LGBT people is wrong -- plain and simple,” said AMPA President Ashley Broadway-Mack. “The fact that the defense spending bill was being used in an attempt to fund discrimination against minorities is disturbing. Thousands of LGBT service members put their lives on the line for our nation, and they and their families should never face discrimination here at home simply because of who they are or whom they love. We are pleased that in the end, lawmakers removed the discriminatory measure and fairness and equality seem to have prevailed.”

Known as the Russell Amendment, the measure in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) could have allowed taxpayer-funded discrimination against women, single mothers, LGBT people, and religious minorities in religiously-affiliated organizations, including hospitals and universities.

As reported by the Washington Blade, “During a background briefing with reporters on Tuesday, an aide said the final version of the fiscal year 2017 defense authorization bill hammered out by House and Senate lawmakers in conference committee lacks the language Rep. Steve Russell (R-Okla.) inserted in the House version of the bill.”

On November 15, AMPA joined more than a dozen national organizations in delivering more than 342,000 petition signatures to Congress in opposition to the amendment. The petitions were delivered to the Washington offices of Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Jack Reed (D-R.I.) and Reps. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) and Adam Smith (D-Wash.).

The petitions were part of a coordinated advocacy effort from the American Military Partner Association, American Civil Liberties Union, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the Center for American Progress Action Fund, the Human Rights Campaign, and other national organizations.

The Russell Amendment could have allowed for an individual:
To be fired for marrying a same-sex partner — or denied benefits afforded to other married couples
To be fired for being transgender
To be fired for being a woman taking birth control
To be fired for being a single mother or
To be refused a job interview if they don’t practice the “right” religion
The Russell Amendment was previously adopted in the dead of night — over bipartisan opposition — without a hearing and with almost no debate. The House Rules Committee then prevented the full chamber from being able to vote on a bipartisan amendment to remove the discriminatory provision from the defense bill.

The American Military Partner Association is the nation’s largest organization of LGBT military spouses, families, and allies. With more than 50,000 members and supporters throughout the country and around the world, AMPA is committed to education, advocacy, and support for our “modern military families.”
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